Three ways to beat the heat and make a splash this summer
Did you know that Canada holds 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water? Add to that oceans cradling us on three sides, plus public swimming pools and neighbourhood splash pads, and we’ve got more than enough water to keep us cool in the heat.
For new or experienced swimmers, this activity offers an excellent cardio workout without stressing our joints thanks to the buoyancy of the water. And it’s a full-body workout, exercising more muscles in the body than most other sports. Floating or treading water can also be relaxing, giving your mind time to unwind while your body bobs and flows. An added bonus, it’s often free!
Here are three ways to make a splash this summer:
You may already have a favourite watering hole – a river, pond, lake, ocean-side beach or wading pool – but why not see if you can add to your list? Pull up Google Maps and search “pool” to find facilities close to you, and set a goal for yourself to see how many you can visit before the season’s out. Or, introduce your favourite spot to someone who’s not already in the know.
Less experienced swimmers who haven’t yet taken the plunge can try lessons, and seasoned swimmers can work on improving their stroke. Lessons at community centres are reasonably priced, whether in groups, semi-private or private. You’ll feel refreshed in the water, and learning and refining strokes and kicks is not only good mental gymnastics, it also hones our coordination.
Life-saving skills are invaluable, and you never know, you may be called to use them one day. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) global report, “drowning is one of the ten leading causes of death for children and young people in every region of the world.” Here in Canada, The Lifesaving Society is the lead organization responsible for drowning prevention. They also note that it's the second leading cause of preventable death for children under the age of 10. Life is precious and knowing what to do in crisis is indispensable.
For physical and mental fitness, swimming simply can’t be beat so get out there and make some waves!