SwimmingAs A Hobby
SwimmingAs A Hobby
Hobbiesare activities done for enjoyment by individuals, especially duringtheir leisure time. Hobbies differ from one individual to anotherbased on personality types. Although some activities are consideredas hobbies, they can be professional activities in other domains.Therefore, whereas the latter generates income the former does not.One such activity is swimming. This is a water based activity thatinvolves propulsion of an individual’s body through the water usingtheir arms and legs, and at the same time managing their breath[ CITATION Joe13 l 1033 ].Therefore,positioning, striking, kicking and breathing are performedsimultaneously. It is done in a range of water masses, includingoceans, lakes, rivers, the most common being in swimming pools. Inmodern times, different techniques have been developed which swimmersaspire to acquire. These include the freestyle, breaststroke,backstroke and butterfly stroke[ CITATION Joe13 l 1033 ].Swimming,unlike many other activities is open for people of all ages andalthough some people may not know how to swim they can easily learn. There are many benefits which yield from swimming and can beclassified into psychological, physical and social benefits.
Thepsychological gratification associated with swimming is what makes itan inviting hobby. Swimmers have great fun and experience theoverwhelming excitement inside water. This is the reason why mostindividuals who have swimming as a hobby regularly swim. The waterhas an effect of relaxing the body and the mind and this releasestension associated with work and other life challenges. This has theeffect of having a cheerful mood which further propels the swimmingexcitement. Therefore swimmers are less likely to suffer fromdepression, anxiety and other psychological problems. This means thatthe mental health of swimmers is nourished by routine swimming andthis aids in enhancing the overall health of the body. Additionallythe learning experience associated with swimming is important in theoverall growth of the individual in terms of expanding their mentalcapacity. This is important because acquisition of knowledge in onefield has the effect of improving the capacity to acquire knowledgeand expertise in other fields. Thus, individuals willing to maximizetheir potential in all aspects can engage in swimming as aconstructive hobby.
Swimmingis an ideal form of exercise and therefore has great physicalbenefits especially for routine swimmers. While trying to propeloneself through the water a swimmer has to overcome the pressure andresistance of the water molecules and this is what constitutes theexercise. Swimming burns calories faster compared to land basedactivities again due to the pressure and resistance of the water.Secondly, swimming is ideal for individuals who want to improve theirjoint mobility. The water buoyancy as well as the propulsionassociated with swimming go a long way in making the joints firm andthus enhancing general body stability. Thirdly, swimming buildsmuscles which enhance the general strength of individuals. Thisbuilds body endurance and also improves muscle flexibility. Inaddition the physical injuries associated with swimming are few hencemaking this a safe form of exercise[ CITATION Joe13 l 1033 ].
Thephysical benefits associated with swimming yield distinct healthbenefits. Swimming is recommended for children with developmentaldisabilities because it improves their mobility faster than landbased activities. Swimming is also recommended as a low impact formof exercise for expectant mothers because it improves the health ofboth the mother and the baby. Hydrotherapy is also used to aid inpain management for patients with severe muscle injuries. Swimmingalso improves blood circulation throughout the body which supplementsgeneral health. This goes hand in hand with improving the heart rateand thus prevents occurrence of heart related illnesses includingheart attacks. Diabetic patients also engage in swimming tocomplement their treatment. Patients with arthritis are advised toswim so as to strengthen their bones. Swimming also promotes healthylungs in managing breathing in water and therefore is a healthyhobby[ CITATION Joe13 l 1033 ].
Beingan outdoor hobby, swimming is an ideal social activity. Swimmers notonly get to associate with peers, but also learn social lessons to beapplied in all areas. While learning how to swim, individuals learntrust, as they have to rely on their trainers. Public swimming poolsalso create avenues for individuals to interact at different levelsand this goes a long way in improving their overall communicationskills. Swimming is also a great activity for families and couples tobond. The excitement experienced while swimming is shared amongfamily members and this improves their interactions, especiallybetween children and their parents. It also allows for engaging incritical conversations due to the relaxed environment created by thewater. Therefore, swimming is an important activity in terms ofimproving the social welfare of individuals and creating a platformfor networking.
Swimmingis one of the most common outdoor activities, especially in theUnited States of America. This is because it is generally a costlyeffective activity and it is easily available. The warm reception ofthe swimming culture, especially during the summer holidays makesswimming an ideal activity. Additionally the many benefits associatedwith swimming promote this activity as a society is advised to takeit as a constructive way to spend their leisure time. The swimmingculture has grown tremendously over the years and will continue toexpand exponentially both as a hobby and a sport, provided it ispracticed in safe environments with precautionary measures in place.
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