Get Fit With Swimming – Take The Plunge Today!
Swimming is one of the most popular sports in the country, and with warm weather for most of the year, it’s no wonder Australians love to swim.
And it’s great for your health as it’s a whole body exercise.
For recreation or competitive swimming, at the beach or at the pool, there is no excuse for you not to take the plunge.
The History Of Swimming
Although it’s not entirely known, the earliest evidence of swimming appears to date back to Ancient Egypt.
What are believed to be swimmers can still be seen on rock art found in the Cave of Swimmers located in south western Egypt.
Later, mural art dating from the Bronze Age have been found in Europe, Middle East and India proving that swimming pools already existed back then.
Early civilisations throughout the world encouraged swimming from a young age. It was a sport, a way of cleanliness as well as a necessity for survival, fishing or even military purposes.
Records even show that the first swimming competitions were held in Japan as early as the first century BC.
During the middle ages, knights had to learn to swim with their armour. But swimming for leisure with little clothes on was disapproved by the church at the time due to society being more conservative.
In 1539, the German professor Nikolaus Wynmann published the very first guide to swimming not as a sport but mostly providing information to prevent from drowning.
Later, in 1696, The Art of Swimming was written by French writer and scientist Sir Thevenot. His book would be translated in English and used as a reference making the breaststroke fashionable.
Meanwhile, the very first national swimming organisation was created in Japan in 1603. And the very first lifesaving entity was born in China, in 1708 followed half a century later by Europe and the United States.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, swimming became a popular sport and many public pools opened to the public.
At a swimming competition in London in 1844, although it took a while to catch up, Native Americans introduced the front crawl as it was already popular in the Americas, West Africa and some Pacific Islands.
The Benefits Of Swimming
Swimming has been part of the Olympic Games since the beginning in 1896. As we mentioned before, it is hugely popular in Australia.
There are so many reasons to get you motivated. First of all, it’s a complete sport as it involves your whole body so you will use nearly all your muscles.
As well as toning your muscles and building strength, it is a great cardiovascular exercise.
While building endurance, it will also help to improve your coordination and balance but also your posture and flexibility.
There is very little impact so it’s gentle on the joints and therefore it does not stress your body and can be almost relaxing.
This explains why swimming is so popular with people from all ages and is widely used as physiotherapy for patients recovering from injury.
Outdoor swimming is a fantastic way to beat the blues and enjoy nature as well as discover new swimming spots.
Visiting a local swimming pool usually will cost a few dollars or if you’re lucky enough to live near a natural body or water like a lake or ocean, you can enjoy swimming at your own leisure.
Swimming is great fun and is the perfect way to get fit or exercise with a friend. Plus it is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day.
Combined with a healthy diet, regular swimming can also assist with weight loss.
How To Get Started
To get started, it’s easy. First of all, you will need appropriate swimwear. You can swim at all ages and levels of fitness. But if you cannot swim, it is never too late to learn.
Public pools are open to everyone and will charge only a few dollars. There, they will offer private or group lessons depending on your needs.
Usually, group lessons are fine. However, if you are nervous in the water, private lessons might be the solution for you.
If you are just starting out, take it easy and don’t overdo it. Drink plenty of water and bring a healthy snack like a banana for afterwards as swimming can make you quite hungry.
If you are going for outdoor swimming, it is important that you ensure the environment is safe to swim.
If you are planning to swim in the sun for more than half an hour or so, you may want to put on a rashie to protect your skin or just use waterproof sunscreen.
If you enjoy the thrills of competition, then taking swimming to a competitive level is the answer for you. Breaststroke, backstroke , butterfly or freestyle. The choice is yours!
For more information about swimming, check out the Swimming Australia website: