7 Awesome Benefits of Competitive Swimming

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Swimming is low impact .

People of all ages can participate in swimming. Since there is minimal impact to your joints, swimming enables your body to grow and stay strong. The low impact nature of swimming makes it easier to maintain joint strength and stability as you age.

People of all ages can participate in swimming. Since there is minimal impact to your joints, swimming enables your body to grow and stay strong. The low impact nature of swimming makes it easier to maintain joint strength and stability as you age. Swimming increases muscle strength of your upper body. Regular swim workouts cause your upper body to build muscle and strengthen its flexibility. Swimming regularly helps you become fitter and feel stronger.

Regular swim workouts cause your upper body to build muscle and strengthen its flexibility. Swimming regularly helps you become fitter and feel stronger. Swimming improves your cardiovascular health. Beating against the water is a way to strengthen and tone your lower body with no impact on your joints. This produces stronger and healthier blood vessels. Swimming regularly can lower your risk of heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

It’s good for the brain .

Swimming requires a lot of concentration and can significantly boost your mental toughness. Competitive swimmers are well-known for being calm under pressure in stressful situations, and this is a result of their training.

Competitive swimming is also seen as one of the most effective workouts for the brain. It has been found to boost your memory, focus and attention span.

A recent Harvard study found that adult swimmers have a larger hippocampus than other athletes or non-athletes. The hippocampus is an important part of the brain where memory is stored. This is one reason why older swimmers tend to excel as they have had more years to build up their hippocampus.

It gives you the vaunted swimmer’s physique .

Competitive swimming is definitely a sport that is good for you body. As a cardio exercise, it improves your cardiovascular system. The benefits of this are immediate, and you can feel and see them the next time you hit the gym. Competitive swimming toning moves your arms and legs in all kinds of ways. This improve your muscle tone and give you a toned body all over, a body that is often envied by others! It also includes moves that improve the muscle strength in the lower body, hips and thighs, which is beneficial for your posture.

Competitive swimming is definitely a sport that is good for you body. As a cardio exercise, it improves your cardiovascular system. The benefits of this are immediate, and you can feel and see them the next time you hit the gym. Competitive swimming toning moves your arms and legs in all kinds of ways. This improve your muscle tone and give you a toned body all over, a body that is often envied by others! It also includes moves that improve the muscle strength in the lower body, hips and thighs, which is beneficial for your posture.

The whole safety thing .

It's important to understand that in competitive swimming, touching the wall or any part of the pool is the rule, not the exception. If your arms or hands ever do touch the wall, you must bring them back above the waterline before you enter the wall plane. If your hands never touch the wall and you never break the surface of the water, you are in good shape for freestyle.

If you do touch the wall, you can turn around and touch the wall again. In the case of an underarm turn, you can actually turn your head toward the wall to look for the touch, turn your head back toward the center of the pool, catch a breath, take one or two strokes, and turn back to touch the wall again. You can continue like this until you either complete the turn or touch the timing pad so you have the correct orientation to resume the pull. There are also no restrictions on multi-turn freestyle (i.e.. freestyle turns) … you must keep your arms and hands above the surface and you can always turn around to get another touch.

It’s a lifetime sport .

The average age of a competitive swimmer is 17. As you get older, you have the option to choose a number of different age group competition styles: masters, 35+ and 45+. With masters ( 35+), you have the option to compete against swimmers anywhere in the world every year at the World Masters Swimming Championships. The minimum age to compete in the World Championships is 25 years old. You’ll be swimming at the same venue as the next Michael Phelps or Natalie Coughlin, or for you older vets, like Janet Evans.

The average age of a competitive swimmer is 17. As you get older, you have the option to choose a number of different age group competition styles: masters, 35+ and 45+. With masters ( 35+), you have the option to compete against swimmers anywhere in the world every year at the World Masters Swimming Championships. The minimum age to compete in the World Championships is 25 years old. You’ll be swimming at the same venue as the next Michael Phelps or Natalie Coughlin, or for you older vets, like Janet Evans.

It can be done on your own or with a team .

You can swim competitively in simple freestyle races, in IM (individual medley) races, in meets, in marathons, or as part of a relay race.

Some swimmers also enjoy doing butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, and individual medley (IM) races.

Although most competitive swimming events are in the pool, there are also some swimmers who choose to compete in open water competitions, such as ocean swimming or the Ironman Triathlon. Swimming races range from 50 meters to 1,500 meters (3.1 miles) in competition.

It’s versatile.

If there were a competition for the most versatile sport, swimming would have to be in the running. Swimmers can be swept away by a wave in the ocean or pulled into the pool by a beach bum. The game is always changing.

However, this same versatility means swimming technique doesn’t have to be complicated. You can learn swimming by feel and you can still produce excellent results. This is great news for swimmers who are looking for another competitive game to play.

Also, the water makes you buoyant, so you never have to worry about gravity messing up your stroke, as it can in other sports.

The Takeaway

As a sportswomen myself, I’m constantly searching for sports that have a number of advantages for women, while being truly rewarding and fun. One of my favorites is swimming … mostly because I love water!

Competitive swimming is a great workout because you’re moving continuously. Plus, it’s a good way to get paid for something I would do for free … swim.

It’s super cool that swimming is a sport in the Paralympic Games. Watch these Olympians dominating the water, and try to imagine what it would be like to be able to do that Olympic-level performance.

To feel that super-human ability is priceless.

Good swimming equipment and proper training will help you achieve your goals. But you’ll have to bring your A-game, devotion and determination for the training.

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When you think about competitive swimming, images of Olympic athletes may spring to mind. Many people associate competitive swimming with the elite swimmers that go for gold at the Olympics.

But competitive swimming doesn’t mean that you have to compete on an international level. For recreational swimmers, competitive swimming means taking on the challenge of building strength and stamina while striving to do your best in a pool or open water setting.

With that said, competitive swimming doesn’t always mean swimming laps either. Regardless of whether you are training for a specific event or you are just looking to up your swimming game, the following benefits often come with the territory.