Facts About Swimming

  • Swimming started in the 1st century.
  • Swimming has been a part of the Olympics since 1896.
  • Some people think swimming started when a person fell into the water and panicking, he started to swim in a way we call today dog paddle.
  • Egyptians made a picture or symbol for swimming as far back as 2500 A.
  • Peanuts are a source of energy for swimmers.
  • Drags slow you down in swimming because they are not skin tight.
  • The shorter your hair is the more chance you have for swimming faster because there is less friction.
  • An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
  • Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs
  • Swimming works out all of the body’s major muscles
  • Swimming help reduce stress
  • Water’s buoyancy make swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise.
  • Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance, which is over ten times that of the air.
  • Swimming is also a very safe form of exercise because it is considered to be low impact and easy on the bones and joints. You can do exercises in the water using floats and weights and enjoy a good workout without worrying about serious injury. This is especially true if you have arthritis or other types of physical limitations.
  • Swimming is a good way to lose weight. This form of exercise will stimulate your entire body and could lead to an increase in metabolism over time. If you are trying to lose weight, swim for at least twenty minutes three or four times each week.
  • Going swimming is very relaxing and has been compared to yoga and meditation in terms of its soothing effect on the mind and body.