Impacts of Breathing While Swimming

Track: 
Health Benefits
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Time: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 -
1:30pm to 2:20pm

How can the world of aquatics have a generational impact on health and well being?
The Earth we live on is 71% water. Of the 7 billion people, just over 50% of humanity can swim as a recreational choice. The activity of being in water has been recognized for centuries to be beneficial to the body, both as a form of exercise and a point of relaxation and rejuvenation. Yet, we are constantly asking how to increase participation and the impact on people’s lives on a global scale.
For the purpose of this presentation, it must be understood that we are not referring to ‘swimming’ as training for the Olympics or even swimming for miles. The benefit of being in water extends far beyond the small percentage of competitive swimmers.
This presentation will focus on reimagining the meaning and expectation of the label of ‘swimming’ and the obstacles present. The simple word ‘swimming’ produces thousands of images of what that should look like and how likely it is to achieve. Many see self-doubt and concerns about what others may think. That one word, ‘swimming,’ has already discouraged a large percentage from getting in the water, simply because of their perceptions.
But what if it didn’t have to be that way - what if swimming didn’t have to be about going up in down? about looking good in swim attire? This presentation will discuss the quality of breath and it’s impacts on people’s perceptions of swimming. What if we could breathe in a relaxed state as if we were walking in the park while in the water. This may not remove body image issues, but it may provide the ability to relax in a world where society stress and anxiety is rapidly increasing.
A recent study conducted by Creative Aquatic discovered that, although 70% of 500 participants have had swimming lessons, 62% of participants cannot swim and breathe at the same time. The study indicates that we have learnt to survive in the water, not to relax and rejuvenate. Here is where we will pause for a personal reflection - Are you aware of the quality of your breath in your aquatic experiences? Is there another way to breathe in the water to transform our perceptions and and experiences? Can this new way of thinking benefit our health and well being?