Swimming: An introduction
Did you know that humans probably learnt to swim from dogs? Several theorists propose that from watching the dogs we domesticated swimming, we copied the doggy paddle, a style that is still weirdly popular today. Humans have been swimming for ages, motivated by a survival instinct to forage for food in deep water or escape the insatiable predators patrolling their caves.
In its definition, swimming is the sport/activity of propelling oneself in the water using the limbs, especially arms and legs.
We practically spend our first nine months in fluid and unsurprisingly, there is evidence that infants have reflex action that imitates swimming when put in a pool of water. One is a dive reflex, a natural ability to put the head in water thought to be inherited from diver birds and amphibians. While doing this, the gag reflex comes into play, and thus the infant can hold their breath and not choke. Paradoxically, these reflexes have been shown to be leading causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is therefore vital to practice these children swimming pool safety tips.
Swimming increases daily energy use, hence maintaining body weight and composition on the healthy side of the doctor’s scale. Unlike land exercises that get you sweaty and sour smelling, swimming does not and it is thus appealing as both a weight loss and weight maintenance exercise. Find out more benefits of swimming here.
After the doggy paddle, various strokes have been introduced beginning with the breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and the butterfly.
If in Nairobi, swimming lessons in any of these strokes can be booked by calling us today.