Swimming for Fitness


The reason I got into coaching swimmers was that I loved to swim. I was never good enough to be a top-tier athlete, but I had it in me to do well and to teach what I knew. I try to encourage people to get into swimming, even if they don’t plan to make it their sport.

After all, there are just so many benefits that you can probably swim your way to a healthier life.

For starters, swimming can burn calories fast. There are few things more efficient at burning them away than half an hour doing the breaststroke. It is a good way to get fit in a hurry.

As with any exercise, swimming also elevates the mood. It clears the mind of the gunk that comes with stress and daily life, giving you fresh slate in the water. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to think clearly after you take a swim if you don’t get an idea while you’re in the pool!

A swim is also a low-impact exercise, which is ideal for people who want a more relaxed workout or are injured.

Think about it. The buoyancy in the water means there is a lot less pressure on the joints and limbs as you move, so you aren’t straining yourself too hard. You can take to the water at your own pace, with fewer worries about putting weight on anything.

I like the fact that swimming means you aren’t getting all sweaty or overheating. Much like the weight issue, the water seems to handle that well enough.

Swimming is also good for the lungs and heart.

As a kid, I had asthma. Dust, cat fur, and some types of linen would trigger attacks. My doctor advised that I take up swimming because it would help build up the strength of my lungs and heart. Regular trips to the pool to do laps did wonders for my lung capacity over the years.