1. A way to cool off from the scorching Australian summers
Australian summers are notorious for being hot, so why not hop in the pool or head to the beach for a quick and easy way to escape the heat?
2. It’s a great form of rehabilitation and recovery
Swimming is considered a low impact sport making it a great option for those with arthritis and other injuries. Water provides the body with buoyancy taking pressure off any injured areas and providing resistance making certain exercises more challenging.
3. It’s a life skill
Whether you’re dipping your toes in for the first time or diving in with a 6am squad, swimming is a lifelong skill. An important part of learning how to swim is being safe in and around water and given that Australia is completely-surrounded by water it makes sense that jump on in from time to time!
4. Gives you the all over workout you’ve been looking for
Swimming at any level requires the use of muscles you probably didn’t know you had! Working most muscles within the body in various ways, with added resistance from the water, your muscles are given an intense strengthening and toning workout.
5. Salt water is great for the skin
Salt water can work wonders for the skin, helping it detox, retain moisture and clear-away dead cells. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and disinfectant being a saviour for eczema sufferers. Packed full of minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium salt water can reduce the overproduction of oil that leads to blocked pores as well as draw out the moisture from eczema causing bacteria, stopping it in its tracks.
6. Killer abs
If you think about the amount of muscles involved to help you move, the hip, back and abdominals are all engaged most of the time you’re in the water. Swimming can build those killer abs better than any YouTube video or gadget on TV can. With many people suffering from injuries that make most ab exercises difficult and even painful at times, swimming provides a healthy alternative to give your abdominal muscles a real workout.
7. Great form of relaxation
Yoga is one of the most popular ways people choose to relax today, but why not give swimming a try instead? With many of the same health benefits of stretching and improved flexibility, swimming can also be used to relax and practice mindfulness and meditation.
8. Great way to be social
Swimming gives you the chance to be social in a whole new way. Want to catch up with some people, want to go snorkeling, want to have a race? All these ideas and more give you the chance to be social and get a great workout at the same time. Even if you can’t get a group together, why not make them jealous with your amazing swimming snaps!
9. Easily accessible
Swimming doesn’t always need to be done in an Olympic sized pool, it’s an activity that can be done anywhere there’s water. Head to the beach, a lake, rivers, your local swimming pool or even the backyard blow-up will do the job. Most schools with a pool with open-up to the public during the summer giving everyone a chance to join in. If you’re ever looking for somewhere to go head to australiaswims.com.au and look at experiences to find water-based events near you.
10. Anyone can do it
It doesn’t matter what level you are at, if you’re a beginner, elite athlete or beach fanatic its easy to hop on in and give it your best go!