it's time to go swimming
This section of the blog is all about swimming. All my physical activities are related to it. Whether I'm jumping in the swimming pool at 6:30 in the morning or do land-based strength training to build up the important muscles; it all comes down to one thing - swimming.
To swim in the pool is fine but there is nothing better for me than having the experience of swimming in open water. If I have the opportunity, I jump into the sea because when I'm swimming in open water, no trouble can catch up with me. When I dive into it, all noise and sights that surrounded me are disappearing and all that is left is me and the open water.
So, some of us are not the best swimmers you would say. How can we make swimming an effective exercise then? Well, this is not really a problem. Although I'm having a swimming background, last year I learned to swim freestyle once again. With the objective to improve my technique and endurance for long distance swims, I attended a technique training. Some of the other attendants in this course could not swim freestyle at all and started from the very basics. One year later I met some of them again in one of the swimming competitions I attended. It is never too late to become a good swimmer. I hope my upcoming blog posts will help you to become one. Here are the benefits of swimming.
swimming has low impact on our joints
Swimming strengthens our body without having a harsh impact on our skeletal system and it improves our bone health (frame), thus lowering our risk of injury.
swimming transforms a high amount of heat energy (it burns many calories)
10 minutes of moderate freestyle swimming transforms 85 kcal of heat energy into kinetic energy. Means it burns 500 kcal/hour. In the same time it maintains proper glucose levels in our body, thus lowers the risk of diabetes. Swimming balances our cholesterol level and controls our appetite.
swimming builds muscle mass
Swimming strengthens and tones nearly all muscles of our body. In the same time our muscles are kept limber and do not convulse or cramp, which improves our posture, balance and flexibility.
swimming increases lung capacity
A swimmer has significantly higher lung capacity and lung power, thus reduces his/her risk of asthma.
swimming improves our heart functions
Swimming is an aerobic sport and reduces the risk of heart diseases and keeps your blood pressure low, thus increases our longevity.
swimming for a healthy mind and attitude
Swimming boosts out mental health and mood by releasing endorphin that simply makes us happy. It can significantly lower stress. Swimming replaces dead brain cells.
swimming has no age restriction
"It doesn't matter your age, gender, race, religion, political believe or background. The water treats you the same." Mikel Gustafson