24 Oct 2013
According to a search from Google, there are almost 3 million people who will make an effort to swim weekly compared to only 2 million who play football and 1.8million who cycle. Many people cycle or run to keep fit but swimming is often not considered as an alternative to a better and healthier lifestyle. That is a mistake because a gentle swim can burn over 200 Kcal in half an hour and a fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an 8mph run.
Allow me to share a few more health and fitness facts you may not know about swimming:
- Water is about 800 times denser than air. One who consistently swim strenuously enough is expected to be out of breath and their heart rate will be elevated and hence burning calories and lose weight
- Females have been shown to experience significantly less tension, depression and anger after swimming than before.
- Swimming can support up to 90% of the body’s weight in the water. Those with disabilities, or illness such as arthritis can take part in a comfortable environment and gain a full body workout.
- Different swimming strokes challenge different muscles within the body so the swimmer will have a more balanced build.
So now, do you still think swimming is not NECESSARY in your life?
Furthermore, our society nowadays “prefers” women to be “lean and trim”. Well, I would say putting on a swimsuit will motivates one to shed a few additional pounds. Swimming is considered as one of the water-related activities that are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. However, just take note of ways to prevent recreational water illnesses, sunburn, and drowning that may occur for this sport. In this case, I believe everyone can maximize the health benefits of swimming while minimizing the risk of illness and injury.
Written by: Priscilla Chong