September 25, 2022

Swimming and its history

Swimming has benefits beyond the survival purpose mentioned by Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory: “The polar ice caps are melting Leonard, in a short time knowing how to swim will no longer be optional.” 😉 Although it may be a contraindicated activity for some people, it is generally considered one of the most complete and beneficial sports, and that is why we are going to talk about swimming in this article.

The great difference of swimming over practically all other sports is that the density of the water counteracts the effects of gravity, freeing you from having to carry your own weight. In addition to a greater feeling of freedom, the main advantage is that your joints rest with Lifeguard Training.

A very complete sport

To move in the water, you have to use the muscles of both the lower and upper limbs. In the different movements of swimming you make practically all the muscles of your body work. It is a great advantage over popular sports such as running or cycling, which tend to develop the legs a lot to the detriment of the arms. Also, swimming tends to firm up the figure as a whole.

Boost resistance

One of the greatest benefits of swimming is that it is a constant and regular effort over a relatively long period of time, in other words: an endurance sport. If you practice it regularly you will improve your respiratory capacity while you will strengthen your heart.

Very relaxing

Both the environment (being submerged in water) and the type of exercise (slow and regular, with a strong respiratory component) make swimming a very relaxing activity. When you are a bit tired, you can stand on the side of the pool and with minimal arm support, you will have the rest of your body free to move smoothly in the water, a very pleasant feeling.

Some drawbacks of swimming

Although the benefits are majority, it must be recognized that swimming has some things against it. For example, in winter, no matter how hot the water is, it is very difficult to motivate yourself to go to the pool if it is cold outside. Another small inconvenience is that some modest people may be a little shy that other people see them in a swimsuit. More problematic is the issue of cost. Although there are usually public pools, and even if it only costs €3 a session, if you want to make it your main sport and practice it regularly (twice a week), it ends up costing you more than €300 a year. There is also the risk of contracting warts or catching a virus (although there are ways to protect yourself).

On the other hand, it should be noted that some people may have contraindications to go swimming. They are very specific cases but we have to mention them if we want to make a complete article.

In the first place, infections (angina, sinusitis, otitis, etc.) are incompatible with swimming, as are some respiratory problems.

On the other hand, people who suffer from some skin-related ailments may have some contraindication to go swimming.

Others, those who due to their illness are at risk of fainting (for example epileptics or some diabetics) should consult their doctor to make sure they can practice swimming without risk first.

In case of low back pain, swimming is recommended but some movements are contraindicated. In general, it is recommended to swim on your back and not practice freestyle (crawl).

A claim

To end the article, I would like to make a complaint. In summer, when the outdoor pools open, in many municipalities the indoor pools are closed. I understand that there may be a closure (which should be relatively short) due to maintenance, but I cannot conceive that people who want to swim are thus deprived of the natural place for it. Outdoor pools have a clear recreational purpose and it is impossible to go there with the idea of   doing laps.


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