Swimming: the perfect sport for the summer

Summer is coming. We are in the middle of May; the temperature is higher, the days are longer, and the students of Apex High School cannot wait for the end of the school year. That means a lot of free time to hang out with friends, enjoy some family activities, maybe go on a trip, and practice some exercise. There are a lot of options. Basketball, football, tennis… But here, you will discover why swimming is the perfect sport for the summer.

One of the main reasons is the weather. It gets really hot during the summer, the lowest temperature that you will find is 68°, and a cool swim is always welcome in that heat. In the months of June, July, and August, the swimming pool becomes the center of everyone’s social life. The whole neighborhood congregates there to talk, have fun, play, hang out, and swim.

Swimming is one of the bests sports that you can find. It is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits.

“It keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body. It builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. It helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart, and lungs. It tones muscles and builds strength. And it provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.” (www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au)

It is a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise that can help to alleviate stress. It also improves coordination, balance, posture, and flexibility. It can be used as a low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions; the perfect sport for people who have any wounds.

Being available in many places –you can swim in swimming pools, beaches, lakes, dams, and rivers– there is no excuse for not going swimming this summer. Here is a list with the best places near Apex where you can go swimming:

Cool Pools (2300 Old Us 1 Hwy), Poole Family YMCA (2302 Aversboro Rd), Twin Lakes Pool (1002 Lake Grove Blvd), Woodcroft Swim & Tennis Club (1203 W Woodcroft Pkwy), and Exchange Swimming Pools (401 Umstead Dr).

“This is a relatively new YMCA. Everything is very clean and well kept. The staff is wonderful. The pool just opened, and it looks great too.  Let go of your other gym membership and get to the Y! I love it.” said Jane B. in a review for Poole Family YMCA.

But, before you dive in, you should know what you are doing; safety is the most important thing.

Make sure you know how to swim, choose a safe environment, warm-up and stretch your muscles and joints before entering the water, drink water regularly, do not overdo it if you are just starting out, and see your doctor if you have not exercised for a long time.

Swimming is not only the perfect hobby for the summer; the best way to expend your time. It can also be a practice if you want to join the swimming team next year. The high school competitive season goes from October to February, ending after the State Competition, which Apex High School won three years ago. The practices take place six days a week, from Monday to Saturday, for two hours and a half per day.

“I really love the team. It is where I have made some of my best friends. Unlike other teams, we are all very close to each other, a big family. The team is very good at banding people together. Maybe we are not the fastest team, but our coach teaches us to be good people before good swimmers”, said senior Mikaela Fullerton. She graduates this year and is planning to continue swimming next year at Queens University of Charlotte.

After all the reasons why you should swim this summer, what are you waiting for to get a membership for your closest swimming pool?

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