Let’s Go For a Dip!

Swimming is something that all of us can admit that we’ve done at least once in our lifetime. Swimming can be done for fun or even as a sport as it requires both a sense of athleticism and bravery. Bravery is required because it takes some kind of courage to dive into the deep end of a swimming pool; I can admit as a 20-year-old male I sometimes have those moments where I am still afraid to jump in.  

A young boy swimming.

When it comes to swimming there is a definite priority that you must always take seriously and that is breathing and breath control. Breathing is an essential element of swimming and can take several forms that can help you become an overall better swimmer. You do not need to be in the pool to practice swimming, though, you can take time out of your day to try to increase your lung capacity, practice your breath intake, and lower the amount of time needed to recover from holding your breath for extended periods of time.  

Swimming is such a beloved sport because of the benefits it can bring while in the season that it is in. What I mean by this is that since swimming is mostly done in the summer, the weather is most likely hot and humid, and the means of a nice and cool swimming pool is usually the only thing that can successfully cool individuals down. Swimming will always have a special hold on me and my family’s culture, being something that we will do for the rest of our lives during the summer time. Swimming has the potential to become one of the most popular sports to man and will continue to supply households and athletes with activities that are fun and healthy towards you. 

Jun 30, 2016; Omaha, NE, USA; Ryan Lochte swims during the Men’s 200 Meter Individual Medley preliminary heats in the U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports