A to Z of why regular swimming should be your New Year's resolution for 2018

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A to Z of why regular swimming should be your New Year's resolution for 2018

A – Aquatic Abilities: Important for getting yourself out of dangerous situations and making the most of tropical holidays, having some aquatic abilities means you can make the most of Australia's beautiful waters. 

B – Blood pressure: Swimming has been proven to lower blood pressure, improving overall health and wellbeing. 

C – Challenge yourself! By learning to swim, you’ll also learn to push your personal boundaries, get outside your comfort zone and rise to new challenges. 

D – Develop core strength: Swimming requires the use of core muscles, meaning regular trips to the pool will strengthen these muscles resulting in better posture and a decreased risk of injury.

E – Endurance: Even if you’re just starting out, getting yourself from one side of the pool to the other requires physical and mental endurance. Building your physical endurance will eventually give you more energy and an ability to recover from fatigue faster.

F – Friends: Swimming lessons are a great way to meet new friends or a fun way to catch up with old friends.

G – General fitness: Swimming can help you reach your overall fitness goals. 

H – Higher self-esteem: Swimming releases endorphins, which are special chemicals released by your brain that make you feel happier and better about yourself.

I – Improved energy levels: Although we might feel like staying on the couch if we are tired, it’s actually decreasing our overall energy levels and ability to power through when we feel fatigued. Swimming gives you an energy boost and regular practice increases your metabolism, meaning you’ll have more energy during the day even on days you aren’t swimming.  

J – Joints: Swimming is one of the best aerobic exercises you can do if you struggle with weak joints. If you experience joint pain, give the morning run a miss and head to the pool instead – you’re bound to notice the difference.

K – Kinetics: Because swimming is a full body exercise, it helps strengthen the relationship between your nerves, muscles and bones.

L – Lung capacity: Swimming requires steady and conscious breathing, which builds lung capacity.

M – Money saving: The beach is free to swim at! Even if you choose to take out a pool membership, the price per swim is often much less than a visit to the gym or a body conditioning class.

N – No excuses: Swimming is fun! Getting yourself started with a form of exercise you actually enjoy means you’re less likely to come up with excuses for missing your daily dose. As we all know, regular practice is key for kicking those 2018 goals of yours!

O – Opens doors to other sports: Knowing how to swim means you can confidently participate in other water sports such as sailing, water-skiing and kayaking. Friends going jet-skiing next holidays? You're in!

P – Posture: When you swim, your spine assumes its natural posture. It also strengthens the back and core, meaning you are likely to improve your posture in and out of the pool.

Q – Quality time: Swimming is sure great for fitness, but it’s also great for relaxing and sharing quality time with loved ones.

R – Respiratory muscles: Because of the breathing techniques used in swim training, the strength of your respiratory muscles may be improved.

S – Safety: If you know how to swim, you’ll be safer around beaches and pools meaning you can focus on the important things at summer parties – family, friends and fun.

T – Technique: As you progress with your swimming, you may want to work on your technique to improve your strength and speed in the water. Choosing to work on your technique gives you the opportunity to set short-term goals, crucial for keeping yourself on track throughout the year.  

U – Upper body strength: If you’ve ever seen a swimmer, you’ll know they have amazing strength. Swimming is one of the rare sports that uses all major muscle groups, which is helpful for overall strength. 

V – Very low impact: Swimming, unlike a lot of other sports, doesn’t place huge amounts of pressure on your joints. Because it’s so low impact, swimming is a great sport if you experience recurring joint injuries or suffer from arthritis. 

W – Weight control: Because swimming burns calories, it is a great exercise for maintaining a healthy weight or losing a few kilos if you need to.

X – X-Factor: Just trust us – after a great swim session, you’ll step out of the pool feeling like a million bucks.

Y – You time: Swimming doesn’t have to mean repetitive laps for hours at a time – pinpoint what you love about swimming and make your swim sessions your time to work on yourself.

Z – Zzzz: Because swimming exerts so much energy, you will likely find you sleep much better the night after a swim session. You’re also more likely to exercise when you’ve had enough sleep, so it’s a circle of wins!

 

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