Swimming is one of the most popular sports or we can call it as one of the most famous recreational activities. There are several health benefits of swimming and a great enjoyable activity. Swimming is the propulsion of the body through water by the combined movement of arms and legs and the natural flotation of the body. Swimming as an exercise is more popular as it helps in full body development and it can even save your life. As a sport swimming features in a range of local, national and international competition including modern summer Olympics.
Swimming as a sport can be played as an individual or team racing sport which requires entire body movement through water. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular sports in the Olympics with varied distance events in butterfly, backstroke, freestyle and individual medley. A medley relay consists of four swimmers who will each swim a different stroke, as ordered breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.
Each stroke requires a set of specific techniques, in competition there are distinct regulations concerning the acceptable form of each individual stroke. There are regulations on the type of wearable such as swimsuit, caps, injury tape etc. Competitive swimming became popular in the 19th century. The world championship pool must be 50 meters long and 25 meter wide, with 10 lanes labelled by number 0 to 9. The lane must be at least 2.5 meter wide.
Health benefit of swimming: -
Swimming helps in full body development and there are many health benefits too. We will discuss some benefits in this section.
- Keeps your heart rate up
- Build Endurance
- Healthy heart and lungs
- Help in the maintenance of healthy weight
- Build strength and flexibility
- Provide all body workout as almost every muscle is used during swimming.