No matter what your skill level is in the pool, there is always room to improve your strength. I'm not talking about massive amounts of weight lifting or bulking up. I'm talking about improving your core strength. When we swim, we are constantly engaging our cores into every movement. Many novice and intermediate swimmers have trouble with this concept initially. They think that if they move their arms and legs are fast as they can or as big as they can that will get them from the start to finish in record time. As we've discussed in the past, this is never the case. Our limbs are just extensions to our true power generator -- the core.
Swimming can be one of the most enjoyable ways to relax and get in shape, but over half the world can't swim. This is a staggering amount of people considering over half the world is water. In 2015, there was 3, 536 drownings reported in the United States. There is just no reason for this. Learning to swim is not governed by the lack of resources to the sport. For many, it's one big factor that holds them back from learning how to swim; their fear of water. Sometimes people don't even realize it, but then they try to learn the breathing or head into the deep end of the pool and begin to panic.
I was recently asked about the overall fitness benefits of swimming in compared to other activities or sports. This got me thinking. I know what the benefits are of swimming. I see them every day in my physical and mental health, but there isn't a lot of information available to people outside of the competitive swimming circuit who know about these benefits. I want to share a few of the other reasons why you should get into the pool and start swimming.