I started swimming competitively from the age of 10 for local swimming clubs. I was made captain of swimming at school at the age of 12.
Swimming competitively as a team and an individual against some of the best teams in the country. I attended Nationals at London Aquatics Centre, 2014, 2015 and 2016. It was a truely amazing experience each time I went.
My favourite thing about swimming is that no matter wether you have a muscle injury or you are fit and healthy it’s a sport everyone can enjoy!
Pool water’s buoyancy counteracts the force of gravity, making swimming an ideal low-impact form of exercise that puts very little stress on those bones and joints. If it’s a heated pool (even better!), muscles will become relaxed, which increases flexibility and enables you to engage in important stretching exercises. If you’re one of those fitness types who engage in intense lactic-acid-building endurance workouts—like running, cycling or weights—swimming helps flush out toxins and impurities, preventing muscle tightness and soreness the next day.
Swimming is one of the easiest and best ways to burn unwanted calories: an hour of swimming burns about 500 calories. Apparently, those myths about swimmers and calorie intake are true. Just look at Michael Phelps. Swimming increases your metabolism, continuing the “burn” for a while even when you’ve exited the pool.
Swimming works your body’s motor coordination. Over two thirds of the body musculature is engaged when you swim. The upper and lower body, trunk, head, arms and legs are forced to work together to make a balanced effort.
My Mom always told me to stop slouching. It’s still not too late. Swimming strengthens joints and improves posture by improving the position of the spinal column. This makes it an excellent exercise for people with all kinds of back problems and issues.
Does swimming make you taller? Just look at Michael Phelps. While it isn’t going to add height where the genetics and potential aren’t there, swimming has the ability to build longer, leaner muscles. It’s those “swimmer’s muscles” combined with resistance training and cardio that help boost your metabolism to keep those calories burning longer. Swimming can also put your body through a range of movements, helping your muscles stay nice and long and flexible.