It is never too late, last summer in Syria has witnessed many special circumstances, be it the protests and demonstrations, the security unrests or Ramadan the month of worship and fasting, so, many of us forgot to go to the sea or even to visit the local swimming pools.
But you will be wrong if you that this is only for leisure, because swimming is one of the best alternative medicines in the history of human beings, it has many benefits that could help you to refresh physically and spiritually. Swimming is also the only sport that puts all the muscles of the body in action.
One of the most important rules in Psychology is “Explain the benefits to achieve many followers” so we will explain the hidden benefits of swimming to help convincing you to try it.
The history of swimming
Human beings have been swimming for millennia. According to Wikipedia, Stone Age cave drawings depict individuals swimming and there are written references in the Bible and the Greek poems “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” dating back 1,500 to 2,000 years ago. There are even Egyptian clay seals from 4000BC showing four swimmers doing a version of the crawl, and the most famous swimming drawings were apparently found in the Kebir desert and were estimated to also be from around 4000 BC.
Many encyclopedias report that swimming was required of knights and that Romans built bathhouses and pools wherever they conquered to serve as social clubs and places to exercise.
Organized swimming began in the 1800s and 1900s with the creation of swimming associations (for example, the Amateur Swimming Association in 1886) and clubs that competed against each other. There are reports from that era of swimming clubs in England, France, Germany, and the United States. High-profile events also contributed to swimming’s visibility. For instance, Matthew Webb swam the English Channel in 1875.
Competitive swimming continued to grow in popularity during the 1800s and was included in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. In 1904, the Olympics in St. Louis included the 50, 100, 220, 440 and 880 yard and one-mile freestyle, the 100 yard backstroke and 440 yard breaststroke, and a 4×50 yard freestyle relay.
By the 20th century, swimming had become mainstream. Indoor pools were beginning to appear, most towns with populations over 20,000 had public outdoor pools, and swimming clubs became increasingly popular for recreation. Women participated for the first time in swimming in the Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912, and Johnny Weissmuller (considered by many authorities to be the greatest swimmer of all time and who later went on to Tarzan fame in movies) became the first person to swim 100 meters in less than one minute.
*Buoyancy: Because people naturally float in the water, the impact on the joints is reduced dramatically, which means even someone with an injury that would normally prevent him from performing many land exercises may still be able to enjoy water sports without any problems.
*Water Temperature: you can often control the temperature of the water. Therefore, if you are prone to heat stress, working out in colder water can be refreshing and rejuvenating. Whereas, working out in warmer water can stimulate blood circulation, promote healing of injuries and relax muscles
*Water Resistance: water is a constant source of resistance, and though aiding us through buoyancy, it still requires more work to move through than air. But the stress of the movement is shifted away from the weight-bearing joints to the actual muscles. This means any movements done in the water can be both aerobic and anaerobic (think lifting weights and running at the same time but without the stress on your body!) And because water resistance can be controlled by the participant’s level of intensity, workouts can be customized to meet the needs of any age or ability.
How to Swim Better – Become a Better Swimmer
If you already know how to swim, the next step is to swim better. Better swimming could mean several things for a swimmer. It might mean increased swimming efficiency, faster swimming, or simply a more relaxed feeling while swimming. These will get you on your way to being a better swimmer.
How to Swim – Help for Non-Swimmers
Everyone should have some basic swimming ability. Learning how to swim can be a challenge, but it is a challenge that can be overcome. You may want to help someone else learn to swim, or you may want to learn to swim yourself. Either way, these will help you.
Here is information about the various types of swimming strokes:
Butterfly Stroke: it is the toughest and the most exhausting swimming stroke, encompassing windmill like arm movements and dolphin kick. While performing this stroke competitively, the swimmer should avoid underwater swimming.
Breast Stroke: this is one among the different swimming strokes that involves arm movements on the front side, from your head to shoulder level. It is the frog kick that can be associated with this stroke. The swimmer should keep his/her head above the water surface, while carrying out this swim stroke.
Crawl: flutter kick and alternating over arm movements are the features that characterize crawl-swimming stroke. While doing crawling, the swimmer has to keep his head in the water, alternating the face side.
Sidestroke: scissors kick is a distinguished feature that explains the movements of sidestroke. This underwater stroke involves the pushing of your body in the forward direction, keeping your body on one side.
Backstroke: this stroke involves alternate over the head arm movements and flutter kick.
Freestyle swimming: it gives you the liberty to use any swimming stroke you want to, while carrying out your swimming workout session.
Dog paddle: it is one of the simplest swimming strokes, making use of modified flutter kick. In dog paddling, your forward motion takes place with your arms underwater.