Lots of Choice
When it comes to choosing a sport that involves water the list is pretty extensive! As with most activities your initial competence will determine at what level you can begin to participate but there is something for everyone, whatever your skill set or lack thereof! When it comes to choosing any sport it’s good to consider your expectations and the motivation behind your choices. Certainly, if you are looking to increase fitness and overall health most water sports can be an excellent choice.
Good for Beginners
If being in the water really is something foreign to you there’s nothing better than starting with the most fundamental of water sports, swimming. Whether you already swim or not there is always room for improvement and taking lessons or joining a specific class can enhance skills and build confidence, both essentials for safety and success in many other water sports. Swimming is also a wonderful way to keep fit if you are more advanced in age or have some specific health issues that might benefit from the warmth of indoor pools or the buoyancy that water affords. Additionally, swimming can progress to become a competitive activity if you so wish or even an artistic one with the likes of synchronized swimming clubs. The wonderful thing about swimming is that it’s available most everywhere, either with indoor or outdoor pools or the many bodies of water to be found and can be enjoyed by all ages. Always however be mindful of safety in any location and only swim where and when you feel it is safe for you to do so given your ability. Once you feel confident in or on the water many options open up for those seeking to keep fit. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is fast becoming one of the most popular water sports worldwide and is especially attractive to beginners because it is relatively inexpensive to try and does not require copious training before you see success. Many people venture out whilst on vacation as a means of sightseeing and subsequently discover a love for this fun activity. Whilst standing and keeping your balance atop the board you are engaging core muscles that many of us have seldom used so this is an excellent activity for overall strength and balance so essential for us all. Additionally, the action of paddling builds muscle and stamina and depending on the frequency and length of your excursions you should quickly see some significant results in terms of fitness. If you are not close to outdoor bodies of water and are looking for something that is more competitive and team driven, you might consider taking up water polo. Many community pools have clubs that support this popular sport and if you can swim pretty well you can certainly participate at some level. The outlay is quite minimal as no special equipment is required and you will definitely improve your stamina and upper body strength with this very physical sport, whilst having a lot of fun and enjoying the camaraderie of the team. Whatever water sport you choose, and there are plenty out there, you will no doubt improve your fitness and have some fun as well which is just as important.