According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years, and the fifth leading cause for people of all ages. Swimming is great because if you know how to do it you can it can save someone's or your own life. That is its biggest advantage. It also has other benefits, more physical than life saving, but pretty awesome otherwise. Swimming is a full body workout. When swimming, you are using your arms, legs, and your core. Your arms and legs are used to propel you forward or backward while your engaged core, which includes your abs, back, and booty, keeps you straight which will in turn keep you afloat. Swimming is good for your heart, its and aerobic sport so it gets your heart pumping and gets blood circulating more efficiently.
Swimming is an activity that can be done by all types of people. If you're looking for toning and fainting muscle swimming works because water is about twelve times as resistant as air and you pretty much propelling yourself through it. Resistance is one of the best ways to build muscle and tone. If you're trying to gain flexibility, you can also get that in swimming. With each stroke you're lengthening your body which gives you a really good stretch, along with repetitive scissor kick and arms arcs. That doesn't mean you shouldn't stretch before and after swimming. If you just like being in the water and being cute, swimming is fun and you can show off the different strokes or your diving skills to your friends. It's also relaxing and therapeutic. Water aerobics and swimming are often used for rehabilitation, which is why the girl from the volleyball team that tore her acl in her first game came to our classes for a while. Also swimming is an activity for those of all ages, from young children, even toddlers (my two year niece takes swimming classes) to seniors.