Because cool water lowers your body temperature, you don't get as hot and sticky when you're swimming as when you do other forms of exercise or sports.
The workout in swimming comes because you're moving against the resistance of the water, which is equal to more than ten times the resistance of air. (Resistance is any force that makes it harder for you to move.) So you're getting a cardio workout like you'd get with running or doing aerobics, and a resistance workout like you'd get with weight training.
Swimming is more than a fun sport and a way to stay healthy; it's a skill that could save your life or help you save someone else's life in an emergency.
Swimming regularly can help build muscle mass and reduce body fat.
In swimming, you can choose to specialize in a certain kind of stroke (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, or butterfly). Each stoke requires you to move your arms, legs, and body in a different way.
You can challenge yourself or concentrate on one part of your body by using a kickboard, hand paddles, leg floats, or swim fins.
How fast or how far you swim, is not as important as the amount of time you spend swimming. Doing it more often and for longer periods of time provides better exercise. Swimming slowly is the best way to remain safe and comfortable.
Swim goggles protect your eyes from the chlorine in pools and help you to see more clearly under the water. The goggles shouldn't be too loose or too tight. You might also want to wear ear plugs and/or a nose clip to prevent water from getting in there and possibly causing infections.
Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool.
Instruct babysitters about potential hazards to young children in and around swimming pools and the need for constant supervision.
Completely fence the pool. Install self-closing and self-latching gates. Position latches out of reach of young children. Keep all doors and windows leading to the pool area secure to prevent small children from getting to the pool. Effective barriers and locks are necessary preventive measures, but there is no substitute for supervision.
Do not consider young children "drown proof" because they have had swimming lessons; young children should always be watched carefully while swimming.
Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
Never use a pool with its pool cover partially in place, since children may become entrapped under it. Remove the cover completely.
Place tables and chairs well away from the pool fence to prevent children from climbing into the pool area.
Keep toys away from the pool area because a young child playing with the toys could accidentally fall in the water.
Remove steps to above ground pools when not in use.
Have a telephone at poolside to avoid having to leave children unattended in or near the pool to answer a telephone elsewhere. Keep emergency numbers at the poolside telephone.