Swimming is a fun and healthy way to stay fit during summer. For me it helps me practise walking and also allows me to do things that are not possible on ground.. YET!
Swimming is one of the most popular sports in Australia. Our nation is surrounded by water and swimming is one of our great passions. As well as being fun, swimming is a great way to keep fit, stay healthy and make friends. Swimming is a healthy activity that you can continue for a lifetime. It is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits.
Swimming is a great recreational activity for people of all ages. Recreational swimming can provide you with a low-impact workout and it’s also a good way to relax and feel good. Common swimming styles in recreational swimming are breaststroke, backstroke, side stroke and freestyle.
Some people who enjoy swimming want to take it to a competitive level. This can provide the health benefits of a vigorous workout as well as the fun and thrill of competition. The main strokes used in competitive swimming are breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. The distances swum in competition swimming can vary from 50 metres in a pool to much further distances in open water.
Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. Swimming is a good all-round activity because it:
Swimming has many other benefits including:
Getting started in swimming is easy. It is a sport for all age groups, skill and fitness levels. Before you get started you will need to purchase a pair of swimmers and some goggles. Goggles can be purchased for around $15 and upwards.
There are public pools throughout Australia that are open to everyone. Entry to public pools usually costs a few dollars and many aquatic centres offer swimming lessons for people of all ages, as well as training and exercise groups.
Before you jump in: CHECK TO SEE HOW DEEP THE WATER IS!! FEET FIRST IS ALWAYS THE SAFEST OPTION!
For more information visit http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Swimming