1. Why swimming?

1.1 Swimming Benefits

  • Body Support - water buoyancy means that your body is supported, therefore there is no jarring or pounding, consequently there is far less stress placed on joints and bones experienced when performing most other sports.
  • Strengthening and toning - as your body is supported by water, and because of the swimming action, swimming is ideal for back strengthening and preventing intervertebral disc problems.
  • High calories loss - swimming is a ´high energy´ sport because there is resistance on your whole body with every move you make, this also means high calorie loss and body toning.
  • Cardiovascular training - swimming is a great form of cardiovascular training, but without the strain on bones and joints as with typical cardiovascular activities.
  • Training for competitive sports - swimming is great for a wide range of competitive sports , such as aquathlon, triathlon and long distance swimming due to the ability to increase endurance.
  • Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy - Not only is swimming beneficial for the competitive athlete, but is also great for people looking to get back into fitness, or for people recovering from an accident or surgery.
  • A sport for life - due to the absence of joint and bone strain, swimming is an activity that can be done into old age safely and enthusiastically.

1.2 Auqa Jogging Benefits

  • No stress or strain on the body - much like swimming, aqua jogging is great because it allows you to move your body without bearing your own body weight and placing strain on bones and joints.
  • Strengthening & Toning - aqua jogging is great for muscle strengthening, toning and weight loss.
  • Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy - aqua jogging is great in the prevention and recovery of injuries, and is especially beneficial for those with back, leg and hip problems.
  • A sport for life - when compared to other forms of exercise, swimming is an activity that you can do safely into old age.

1.3 Swimmers have:

  • Great physics.
  • Reduced joint, bone and back problems.
  • A sport that they can enjoy safely into old age.
  • A relaxed state of mind and possess great overall health and well-being.

2. The influence swimming has one the human body:

Due to buoyancy properties within water and the absence of gravity, swimming is great for the whole body, especially:

  • Spine, back, neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Hip, knee and ankle joints.
  • Minor muscle groups that often are unused when carrying out other sports, including the arch of the foot, are activated and relieved of stress.

Other physical benefits on the body include:

  • Developed flexibility, strength, balance and power.
  • Improved whole body fitness and an enhanced physique.
  • A stronger heart and increased blood circulation.
  • Re-activation of ´dormant´ muscles, and unification of minor muscle groups.
  • Assistance in maintaining a healthy weight.

The many benefits of swimming mean that it is ideal in prevention and rehabilitation for skeletal problems. With swimming, parts of muscles that tend to harden are loosened, or, ´re-activated´. With the right training you can improve muscle performance, endurance and your power level. As a consequence of activating a lot of muscles, swimming is perfect for compensating for postural deformities and preventing muscular in-balance. In addition to swimming, aqua-jogging, aqua-cycling and other forms of aqua gymnastics are also very beneficial.