Learning to swim as an adult

The belief that you can only learn to swim as a child is a big myth. We love swimming because it is a sport with no contraindications: you can swim regardless of age, weight or health conditions. We often hear that swimming is the healthiest and safest sport. If you went to the doctor with back pain, leg pain and other problems, perhaps swimming was recommended to you as a preventive measure. Let’s talk about learning to swim as an adult.

The benefits of swimming

Here are just some of the health benefits of swimming:

  • Benefits to the musculoskeletal system, joints and spine.
  • Simultaneous work of all the muscles of the body.
  • Development of the cardiovascular system.
  • Fat burning workout.
  • Lung training.
  • Restorative workout from shock loads if you do other sports (e.g. running).
  • Digital detox – an hour without the phone.
  • Stress Relief.

To learn to swim as an adult, the first thing you need to do is set yourself a goal. Setting a goal is an important component of learning a new skill, because only by expressing the goal in the desired result and limiting its achievement by time can we move towards it purposefully, without putting it off “for later”. There are no age or gender restrictions for swimming lessons. Both adults, children and elderly people can get the most out of this sport for their health and physical development. It does not matter if you are a man or a woman: swimming is equally beneficial for people of any condition.

Why pay attention to this sport?

  1. Firstly, swimming is a universal sport, where the movement involves absolutely all muscles with a uniform load. Swimming regularly, we can bring our body lines to perfection, without exhausting ourselves with tedious jogging or hours in the gym.
  2. Secondly, swimming is safe for our joints and spine, unlike athletics where there is always the risk of a sprain or dislocation. People who have musculoskeletal problems but don’t want to give up movement find swimming a great way to give their bodies the energy they need.
  3. Thirdly, swimming allows you to strengthen your immune system and increase the body’s defensive function. Popular acronym SPA in Latin means Sanis Per Aqua – “health from water”, suggesting that it is the cool pure water that in contact with the body not only cleans but also heals, giving vigor to body and spirit.

It is also useful to be aware of the problems you may encounter at the beginning of your swimming journey:

  • fear of putting your head in the water;
  • fear of missing the bottom;
  • difficulty breathing, getting water in on the inhalation and exhalation;
  • panic in the water;
  • risk of putting your hands down if something doesn’t work right away.

For each of these problems, the coach looks for an individual solution, and that’s his big role. 

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