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3 Reasons You Should Learn to Swim

By Virginia Laird

Summer is the time of year many enjoy lakes, pools, beaches, and other water activities. Although water fun can be refreshing, many who take part in these activities cannot swim. Swimming is an important skill to learn no matter how old a person may be. It is even more vital for those who visit the lake, pool, splash pad, or the beach regularly. The older a person is when they begin learning to swim, the more lessons it may take. Reasons to learn to swim include:

  • Swimming can be therapeutic
  • It can save a life
  • It is the best workout for the back

Swimming Can be Therapeutic

There is something about swimming that can help the body relax and rejuvenate. Swimming can help to release both physical and mental stress. For those with injuries who require rehab, many healthcare providers recommend jumping into a pool to complete the exercises. This can offer a low stress way to begin to build strength and recover from the injury. While in the pool, people may notice the cares of the world vanish, at least temporarily. As people focus on enjoying the water, it can be easy to free the mind and lose the stress that life can bring.

It Can Save a Life

Swimming can save a life. This is not to recommend that everyone learn to be a lifeguard, simple swimming ability will suffice. However, knowing how to swim can save a person's own life as well as the life of someone who may need help. It is important to know that when someone is struggling in the water, never approach them without proper equipment, as you could easily be pulled under. It is always best to reach or throw an object out to help them, while yelling for them to grab on.

It is the Best Workout for the Back

Chiropractors have long suggested swimming as the best workout for the back. It is a no impact exercise. Water allows for the tugging of gravity to disappear. This can assist the back in relaxing and releasing stress and tension. With little stress on the spine, a person may find it easier to complete exercises and work on endurance. Water workouts are also great toning and cardio.

Learning to swim can forever change your life. If you or someone you love has yet to learn, a great place to begin could be a community pool. Many offer lessons for all ages at low cost.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.

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