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If you think that swimming lessons are just for kids, you’re thinking way too small.
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that can be done at almost any age. Plus, it can improve blood pressure, cholesterol, central nervous system health, muscle mass and some say even cognitive function.
Swimming is also a major stress reliever. With each lap, your body will be pumping out natural feel-good chemicals that will last far after your workout is over.
Perhaps the best reason of all to take up swimming? It’s fun. And just because you’re not a kid anymore doesn’t mean it’s not for you.
Swimming Tips for Beginners
- Get a pair of goggles, especially if the water bothers your eyes at all.
- While you’re at the store, get yourself a proper swimsuit for actually swimming—not just lying on the beach. For men, that doesn’t have to mean a tiny speedo, but your shorts do need to be fitted.
- Practice getting comfortable in the water, including getting your face wet, going underneath the water and holding your breath.
- Get over your embarrassment. There are a whole lot of adults who can’t do much more than doggie paddle. Find a swimming lesson especially geared for adults.
- Try Total Immersion Swimming. This method of learning boasts that it has turned more “adults from strugglers into skilled swimmers than any other program.” You can use the method to learn to swim on your own or find a coach on the website.
- Practice, practice, practice. Like anything, the more you put into learning to swim, the more you’ll get out of it.
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