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Swimming

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is a good all round, low-impact sport, to get your heart pumping and stretch those muscles.  It builds muscle strength, stamina and cardiovascular fitness.  As with all exercise, it can boost your mood and help maintain a healthy weight 
Swimming is a low-impact sport.  It can be done at your own pace, as fast or slow as you like.  You can break in between lengths and are at much less risk of injury as opposed to something like tennis or running.  This means you are less likely to get injured and more likely to keep exercising.  You can also do it both indoor, and outdoor so it is good for any time of year.  
 
Make sure you have a costume that fits.  Being comfortable is the first thing you should be.  Take is easy and slow.  You could contact your local swimming pool to see when the quietest times are and go from there.  Take a friend or family member who can offer support and encouragement and can chat to you in between lengths. 
 
Breaststroke is typically the easiest for beginners to learn. One of the key reasons for this is that breaststroke allows you to keep your head above water at all times.  There are a lot of YouTube tutorials available online.  You could also speak with your local Pool to see if they do any classes to help you get started.  
 
One of the most common mistakes when swimming is holding your breath.  You end up not being able to fuel your body with enough oxygen and therefore not being able to swim very far or fast and fatigue easily.  Start by practicing on land, breathing in and out of your nose.  Hum when you breathe out.  You can then try this in the pool before you even start to swim.  Put your face in the water and breathe out of your nose, then come up and breathe in. 
 
Another common mistake is relying too much on your upper body, which then results in a very tired upper body and you won’t be able to swim as fast.  You should use your arms for pulling your body through the water, your core to rotate in the water, and your legs for the kick which will propel you forward.
Swimming is good for muscles, bones and cardiovascular fitness as well as mental health.  Having better physical health can create better mental health and vice versa.  It is also a good way to help lose or maintain your weight which will also create a healthier lifestyle.  Better exercise habits create better lifestyle habits which, in turn, can help with weight loss and maintaining weight loss.
  
Wild Swimming 
One of the main differences between wild swimming and pool swimming is the temperature.  Wild swimming tends to be colder so you need to be prepared with the right gear - i.e. a wetsuit that fits. Wild swimming can also be less safe as you are not confined to a pool and there are likely to be no lifeguards watching your every move.  It is, however, exhilarating, can be done almost any time of the day or year, and you are not restricted to simply swimming lengths back and forth. 
It is said that cold water benefits your health.  It can reduce soreness, body pain and inflammation as well as releasing endorphins which make you happy and feel better.  It is also said through repeated cold swimming it is possible to bring down blood pressure and cholesterol.  
Go for it!
Everyone has to start somewhere.  Go to the pool at a quieter time, or even book in some swimming lessons.  Contact your local pool to see if they do confidence building classes where you can meet people who are also in the same boat.  Take a friend with you and enjoy the journey you are about to embark on. 

 

 

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