Just Keep Swimming

Katie Wight, Staff Writer

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The benefits of swimming

Swimming is one of the best activities for anyone looking to get in shape. While going to the pool with your friends and splashing around is fun, you don’t gain much from it. Swimming will help you build endurance and muscle strength, tone muscles and maintain a healthy weight. Other benefits are that it improves coordination, balance, posture, and flexibility. Another thing is that swimming helps you build “swimmer muscles”. These are longer, leaner muscles that supplement your shorter muscles. These muscles boost metabolism to keep calories burning longer.

Before getting in the water, make sure you know how to swim. Even if you are confidents in your physical abilities, knowing how to swim will make your workout much easier. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water. Swimming while dehydrated can lead to cramps, dizziness and nausea. Another thing is to make sure there is a lifeguard on duty or other people around. Lastly, make sure you see your doctor if you haven’t exercised for a long time.


Interview with a Roosevelt swimmer

This week, I had the opportunity of interviewing one of Roosevelt’s swimmers about what her opinions are on swimming.

  1. How has swimming improved your health?

“Swimming gives me a reason to workout everyday. It makes me want to eat healthy too, because it makes sure that I can stay in shape so that I can go fast.”

  1. Do you think it’s important to stay hydrated while swimming?

“It definitely is but I’m kind of bad about staying hydrated. Since you’re swimming in water, I forget I need to drink more water.”

      3. What are some benefits of competitive swimming?

“You get to meet a lot of new people. There are so many friends that I’ve made just from the swim team and it’s also great way to stay healthy. It’s really fun and a great way to workout.”

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Just Keep Swimming