Swimming is a great physical exercise for the entire body. The entire muscular and the cardiovascular system get a killer workout. This will in turn make them stronger, and this moreover will turn you into a stronger, healthier, more energetic person. But this is the topic of some other articles. The purpose of this short article will be the often neglected mental aspect of swimming. That’s right, many people fail to realize that there’s a crucial mental aspect in swimming, and that it too gets a killer workout. Below you’ll find a couple of points on which your mental game will improve dramatically if you engage in swimming.
First of all, swimming will put your mind into a deep state of focus. Such is the case with all activities that require sustained effort and concentration on your behalf. You’ll find out how the deep relief and feeling of well-being feels like after a good round of swimming. You’ll feel both worn out and energetic at the same time. It’s a feeling that’s really difficult to put into words, and you really have to feel it for yourself in order to know what it’s like. But we guarantee that it’s priceless.
Next off, you’ll learn about the value of putting consistent effort in things. Great things don’t come over night. Such is the case with swimming as well. Sure, you might learn how to swim in two or three weeks, and feel like you’re on top of the world, but this would be only the beginning of your path towards mastery of the skill of swimming. There are thousands upon thousands of different finesses that you must pay attention too if you wish to excel in swimming. You’ll have to invest countless hours in diligent practice in order to ingrain the core physical and mental principles of swimming. And this is a priceless foundation for everything else in life – if you master this step of investing time, effort and intelligence in anything that’s worth doing, then success is something that you’ll more than likely experience in the long run.
Finally, swimming will keep your mind sharp in and of itself. Swimming is an activity that involves a heavy dose of skill, and skill is something towards your mind and nervous system work together. Skill acquisition is something that your mind craves since your birth, and if you give it to it then your mind will be happy and serve you well for many years, and deep into old age. Remember, use it or lose it.
These are only some of the core mental benefits you can stand to acquire by engaging in the exercise of swimming. Doubtless there are many others, and you’ll do well to figure them out for yourself.