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Swimming As A Hobby
Swimming is a year-round hobby or sport activity available for all age groups. This activity can be a lifetime hobby, athletic pursuit, or a profession.
It is a wonderful and fun experience to cool off during hot summer days and nights. Have fun splashing in ponds, lakes, rivers, swimming pools, oceans, and water theme parks.
Some people are able to endure cooler temperatures. The majority of people are comfortable in a heated pool which is set between 83-86 degrees.
Our blue planet has water everywhere and for safety sake swim in water temperatures of 78 to 86 degrees. Your age, health, and swimming style will help determine your comfort level. The outside air temperature also has its influences.
During the colder months it is a great overall exercise program for our body. There are people who do enjoy swimming in cold water as exists in North America like Alaska. They find cold water very invigorating.
Indoor swimming pools are available in the home, schools, and community buildings. The temperature of the heated pool and the temperature of the room is monitored for swimming comfort.
Swimming in lakes, ponds, rivers, and swimming pools is known as fresh water swimming. Ocean water contains salt which makes our bodies feel lighter than our original weight.
More energy will be needed to swim in fresh water because it does not contain salt. Using more energy will burn more calories resulting in weight loss, toning, and increased muscle strength. This is one of many benefits of swimming.
Science says that the human body is 75% water; therefore, we are similar to fresh water and would tend to sink to the bottom of the container unless we keep swimming or floating. The greater the salt content of water the more we float. The saltiest water on our planet is found in the Dead Sea. Everything floats in this body of water.
Benefits of swimming include:
- Therapy for our joints
- Building muscle strength and endurance
- Improve cardiovascular conditioning
- Posture correction
- Fat weight loss
- Whole body conditioning
These benefits can occur when wading in water, swimming, playing games or sports, aerobic exercises, synchronized swimming, and other favored water activities.
Swimming is a healing exercise which helps to prevent or rehabilitate before, during, or after certain diseases.
All swimming strokes can be done in both fresh and seawater. But there are differences in energy expended, techniques, and safety issues.
Swimming for Exercise Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Time Use Survey of America age groups 15 and up spend 1.7 or an average of 2 hours a day in a swimming activity.
Forty seven percent are men and fifty three percent are women. For the majority of the time swimming for exercise activities are done alone.
The Harvard Health Publication - Harvard Medical School offers these statistics:
General swimming activity for 30 minutes will burn 180 calories for a person weighing 125 pounds, 223 calories for a person weighing 155 pounds and 266 calories for a person weighing 185 pounds.
There are five different types of swimming strokes; however, the four most used are the front crawl or freestyle stroke, the back stroke, the side stroke or crawl, and the breaststroke.
The fifth stroke is called the butterfly. The butterfly stroke is mainly used by athletes in competitive swimming. This stroke requires strong muscles. It is a fun stroke for the average everyday swimmer but it is not used very often.
The four most used strokes are used in both fresh and salt water. The front crawl and the side crawl are excellent for seeing and gliding through the water. The breaststroke allows the swimmer to see ahead and to brush away unwanted obstacles of weeds and other debris. The back stroke offers a technique for moving through the water, but difficult to see ahead.
Swimming Pool for the Home
The Swimming Pool
Swimming pools can be built or installed indoors or outdoors. There are many sizes to choose from to accommodate individual and family needs. When a person says swimming pool most of us immediately picture a large-sized pool. However, an individual or a family selects their pool depending on their swimming activities.
- General purpose swimming activities
- Aquatic therapy
- Training for competition
The larger pools accommodate many people for their swimming pleasures. The pool is an oasis for social gatherings and parties. It is fun with or in water for everyone throughout the year.
The therapeutic swimming pool relieves many bodily aches and pains from muscles, joints, and bones. The water supports the body with low impact and low stress enabling the healing process or physical exercises to be done easier.
People with arthritis, muscle aches and pains, back problems, and other diseases find aqua therapy offers excellent healing properties.
There are training pools for athletes to conduct their practice sessions. These pools offer currents for practice and never ending stroking for building long distance endurance for racing.
No need for a large swimming pool or traveling to a local school or community center to use their pools.
Swimming Pool Life Guard
Safety Tips for Swimming in Fresh Water
Swimming is a lot of fun; never the less, before jumping into your favorite swimming hole check on the weather report, tides, and marine life. When swimming at any community park or recreational facility familiarize yourself with lifeguard stations, designated swimming areas, knowledge of lake, pond, and river conditions, bathroom facilities, and follow any postings by management.
Check list for fresh water pool swimming:
- Adult supervision of children, emergency phone number, life saving equipment
- Introduce 6 month old babies to water
- All children need swimming lessons
- Children and adults should swim together
- Learn CPR
- Know maintenance and safety instructions for swimming pools
- Do not swim during thunderstorms
- Post and enforce pool safety rules; such as, no jumping, pushing, running or diving
- Use bathroom facilities
- Appropriate swimwear for water conditions
- Wait at least an hour after consuming a heavy meal before swimming
Seaside Life Guard Station
Safety Tips for Swimming in the Ocean
Ocean swimming is fun, challenging, and exciting. However, to maintain good health and avoid drowning know these safety tips.
Safety Tips for Swimming in the Ocean:
- Check the weather report, tides, and marine life
- Swim near lifeguard station
- Obey signal flags
- Avoid early morning and late or night swimming
- Appropriate swimwear and no shiny objects
- Do not swim in or near fishing areas
- Know your swimming ability and limitations. Stay close to the shore
- Never leave children unattended
- Never turn your back to the ocean. Stay positioned sideways or looking at the waves at all times.
- Wear some form of a life jacket if unsure
- Do not fall asleep on floats