Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body and the whole person. Swimming is a healthy activity that can be continued for a lifetime. The health benefits swimming offers are one of the reasons we introduced it.


Swimming works practically all of the muscles in the body. Swimming can develop a swimmer’s general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance.


Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. It can serve as a cross-training element to your regular workouts. Swimming with increasing effort to gradually increase your heart rate and stimulate your muscle activity is easily accomplished in the water. After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.


workout, whether water aerobics or a master’s swim practice, is a great social outlet. Exchanging stories, challenging each other, and sharing in the hard work make swimming with others a rewarding experience.


Swimmers seem to do better in school, in general terms, than non-swimmers as a group.


Swimming does burn calories at a rate of about 3 calories a mile per pound of bodyweight. If you weigh 150 lbs. and it takes you 30 minutes to swim one mile (1,760 yards or 1,609 meters), then you will be using about 900 calories in one hour.