Each competitive sport has its own unique qualities that sets it apart. Swimming is no different. It takes a special person to want to get up early in the morning to stare at a black line.
Here are 5 ways swimming is different from other competitive sports:
- Swimming can be lifelong due to its being low-impact. Your joints and muscles appreciate being supported by the water. This fact alone allows us to continue gliding through water later in life.
- Swimming is for everyone. Any race, any age from any nation can participate in swimming whether competitively or for fun. All abilities can get in the swim of things.
- Minimal equipment is needed. Have a suit and goggles? You’re already ready-to-go. A towel is nice and a swim cap is a plus, but we’re talking minimal gear to get a good workout in.
- All muscles are worked. Unlike running that targets legs, for example, swimming is a whole body sport. Each muscle is engaged to some degree when in the water, which makes it a great overall aerobic option.
- It doubles as a life skill. Will basketball or football save your life one day? Probably not, but swimming most definitely could. Swimming is unique in that your being water-safe is a critical life skill that can one day come to the rescue.