South Africa boasts a climate which is ideally suited to swimming.
With sportsmen and women such as Penny Heyns, Chad Le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Ryk Neethling making us proud, swimming is a passion for many South Africans. Swimming is not only a fun way to cool off, but also a low-impact way to keep fit and stay healthy.
Swimming for Fun
Woodrow Wislon (the 28th president of the USA) stated, “The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.”
While swimming requires you to move your entire body against the resistance of the water, it offers you a low-impact workout which makes it a suitable activity for people of all ages. Whether your favourite stroke is breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle, or even doggy paddle; the many physical and mental health benefits can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
The Physical Benefits of Swimming
Swimming has other benefits such as being a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise and a stress alleviator. “Swimming is dancing under water,” said Jim Harrison, author of ‘Legends of the Fall.’ On a physical level, swimming:
- keeps your heart rate up while still being low on impact stress,
- develops endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness,
- aids in the maintenance of a healthy weight,
- increases flexibility,
- improves coordination, balance, and posture
- provides an all-over body workout – almost all of your muscles are toned during swimming, and
- is often used as low-impact therapy for injuries and conditions.
Swimming as a Sport
People who enjoy swimming often take it to a competitive level. To add to the fun and thrill of competition, swimmers can compete in various strokes and distances – 50 metres in a pool- to great distances in open waters such as our own Midmar Mile. The Midmar Mile is a popular swimming event in South Africa and this year’s race is taking place on the 11th and the 12th of February. Sport disciplines such as triathlon and water polo also incorporate swimming.
Total Risk Administrators
While training for your swimming event, consider the costs involved in the medical expenses should things not go according to plan. Will your medical aid cover be sufficient? GAP coverage works as an insurance policy to pay for any in-hospital shortfall (GAP) that your medical aid may not cover in some cases. For information on GAP COVER, please contact Total Risk Administrators.
There is often a gap between what your doctor charge and what our medical aid will pay. DON’T STRESS! THE GAP IS COVERED. See the video here:
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