When I think of fitness and health, I immediately think of sports. There are a multitude of sports, but none is more challenging and vigorous than swimming.
Not only is swimming fun and relaxing. It is great for your overall health.
It is low impact, but still builds muscle tone while keeping your heart rate up and the stress of impact off your body.
Swimming works almost all muscles in the body which helps to build strength, lower weight, and help balance, stability and endurance.
Another benefit of swimming is it can be done indoors or outdoors when weather is cooperative.
It does not require special equipment, it is appropriate for all ages and can be easily performed as a family or group.
According to a study by the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming Human Performance Laboratory at Indiana University as reported by Huffpost, the benefits of swimming regularly include, improvements in HDL, decreasing triglycerides, blood pressure, and total cholesterol. 
It also mentions the benefits of improving orthopedic issues.
This includes providing those who suffer from weight issues an outlet to perform regular exercise.
Water causes the body to become buoyant, or able to float easily.
This alleviates having to carry one’s own weight while exercising.
This same study also showed swimming is therapeutic in relieving and lowering stress levels.
It is a peaceful exercise, much similar to meditation.
Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more than one-third of the adults in the U.S. are obese.
Obesity leads to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and strokes.
If more people were made aware of the benefits of swimming, what a difference it would make!
As a competitive swimmer from a young age, I have focused on fitness and a heathy lifestyle my whole life.
I have enjoyed various sports throughout my life, but none more rewarding or beneficial as swimming.
I enjoy going to the gym to work out.
I take weight lifting in high school, as well as an extra physical education class.
I eat well, take vitamins and supplements, but still see more positive results in my body and physic when I am actively swimming.
Swim team has been a part of my life since I was six years old.
I first became a member of Orange Waves Swim Team sponsored by the Calvert City Country Club.
I went from barely being able to swim the entire length of a pool, to being a member of Marshall County Swim Team, to getting to attend the State tournament representing Marshall County Swim Team!
I have been a member of the Marshall County Swim Team since I was in the 6th grade. That gives me a total of 11 years of swim!
I really cannot remember a time that swimming was not a part of my life.
For me, swimming is fitness! I look forward to attending Murray State University, where I plan to utilize the amazing facilities that this school has to offer, including a remarkable swim facility.