Swimming: You Need to Learn How
By Virginia Laird
While suffering through the grueling Texas heat that always accompany July and August, many citizens will troop down to the local lake or swimming pool - many of whom have never taken part in a structured swim lesson. Although people may be able to swim enough to get by, there are numerous benefits in learning to swim properly. Some of the benefits for learning to swim, include:
- Swimming is a low stress workout
- It can be a lifesaver
- Swimming is relaxing
Swimming is a Low-Stress Workout
Most of the workouts that take place at the gym are high impact. This can be stressful on the body. Swimming is the opposite, as it is a no-impact workout. Water eliminates the pull of gravity on the body, allowing the strain of working out to disappear. It is such a great workout that many rehab centers recommend patients to take their exercises to the pool. This can help each strengthen and rebuild the muscles to the injured area.
It Can be a Lifesaver
A person does not have to be at the level of a trained lifeguard to help others. When learning to swim, the lessons can include how to respond in various dangerous situations when dealing with water. Having knowledge can help a person stay calm while needing to help a distressed swimmer. It is important to keep a distance between any stressed or struggling swimmer, as it would be easy to be pulled under. The best way to help is to use a reaching or throwing assist. This requires a person to reach or throw an object to the person struggling.
Swimming is Relaxing
A great way to relax in the summer is to hit the water. This is why so many tackle the lakes and pools on every spring and summer holiday. Better yet, in the hill country people flock to float the river. Floating on the water can offer a stress release to both the body and the mind. Exercising in a pool or simply enjoying a water activity can have the same relaxing benefits. The next time you get out to enjoy the water, take note at how quickly your worries disappear.
Knowing how to swim does not give anyone a pass from wearing a lifejacket while out on a boat, but it can help to ease your mind. If you or any of your family members have yet to learn how to swim, look for lessons at your community pool.
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