Do you remember when you took swimming lessons?
Most of us do.
Learning to swim is a defining experience in a child's life, an experience that creates lasting memories similar to learning to ride a bike. But unlike riding a bike, swimming is important to your child's safety and development. At SafeSplash, we understand...swimming is a life skill®. To deepen our historical understanding of swimming here are some swimming facts to end the fall season!
- Swimming started in the 1st century.
- Swimming has been a part of the Olympics since 1896.
- Some people think swimming started when a person fell into the water and panicking, they started to swim in a way we call today dog paddle.
- Egyptians made a picture or symbol for swimming as far back as 2500 BC.
- The shorter your hair is the more chance you have for swimming faster because there is less friction.
- An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
- Swimming works out all of the body’s major muscles.
- Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance, which is over ten times that of the air.
- Going swimming is very relaxing and has been compared to yoga and meditation in terms of its soothing effect on the mind and body.
RENGANATHAN, M G. “Interesting Facts About Swimming.” About Swimming, igentry.blogspot.com/2008/05/interesting-facts-about-swimming.html.