Swimming – true revitalisation
black woman swimming
With the exception of walking, swimming is one of the most natural activities you can do. It could even be said that swimming is more natural than walking, as water is the only environment we know before being born.
Children subconsciously know that water is nothing to be afraid of. Regular contact with water should therefore be encouraged as early as possible in a child’s life and this is a normal practice in a number of countries.
Across South Africa, there are swimming courses offered for mothers with children, and these are a good idea, not only to have fun, but also to help children develop.
This can also help infants to develop their motor skills. Thanks to the water’s buoyancy their body weight is halved and they are able to better utilise the strength of their muscles when swimming.
The larger the body area in contact with the water, the greater the buoyancy. This also takes the pressure off the spine which is usually strained by gravity (i.e. as it has to help hold us up when we walk around). Correct swimming technique applies an even load to our muscles while helping our heart circulate blood around the body. The movement of the limbs in the water positively affects the joints and increases their mobility. Swimming is also excellent training for the respiratory organs and it increases the performance of the lungs. Last but not least, swimming is an activity that burns surplus fat, which is essential for decreasing the risk of obesity.