Why Swimming is the Best Sport on Earth
Start writing a post

Why Swimming is the Best Sport on Earth

Get your caps and goggles; it'll be a fun time!

Why Swimming is the Best Sport on Earth
Wikimedia Commons

Swimming is a sport that is not very well understood by most. Unless you are a swimmer, you most likely have no idea what really goes on in the pool. Of course, every four years swimming dives into the spotlight for a week or two of Olympic glory, but it remains on the sidelines most of the time. And there's nothing wrong with that, it's just that many people have some misconceptions about the sport and its athletes. As a swimmer, I think I speak for most in saying that it's a love-hate relationship. You have to put in a lot of time and energy, and you don't always get rewarded for it. However, when you have a great meet and put up some best times, it all feels worth it. So what do I love and what do I hate about swimming?

Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. At face value, swimming may seem less than appealing. You swim every day for three hours, six days a week. There's morning practices that are as early as 4 or 5 AM, and you have an out-of-the-water workout session tacked on at the end. Not to mention, while everyone else enjoys their holidays and summer vacation, you have DOUBLE the amount of practices. Another thing about swimming is that it is a very individualistic sport. If you swim badly, you can't share the blame. Everything you do is only for you, and you have to be very self-motivated to do well. It is also a very mental sport. I know that this is not unique to swimming, but it can be agonizing sometimes to force yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn and jump in a freezing pool when it would be just as easy to hit snooze and sleep away your worries. In this respect, swimming is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. So yes, it can be very hard sometimes, especially if you try to balance it with school and other activities. But that's not the whole story...

So why do swimmers put up with it all? To be honest, I don't really know. There's just some special quality about swimming that makes it addicting. Once you're in, you never back out. You meet a lot of friends through the sport, and you can always eat anything you want. Swimming becomes a way of life almost. There is nothing like getting up on those blocks and hearing that beep for the start. Your heart is pumping and your blood is rushing; It's pure adrenaline and competition. There is no better feeling than looking up at the board at the end of a race, knowing that you gave it your all, and seeing a best time or a cut that you made or a #1 next to your name. In that moment everything is worth it. You want more. You want to train harder and swim faster. In that way, swimming is awesome. The idea that you have something that you are truly passionate about, that you are willing to work as hard as you can for, is the real reason why swimming is so important. Swimming has helped me grow as an athlete and as a person, and you can't say that about many things in your life.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less

Take A Look At The Extravagant Lane Woods Jewelry Collection For Valentine's Gift Ideas

So if you are currently looking to purchase jewelry for yourself or as a romantic gift for your S.O., you should definitely look at the marvelous and ornately designed Lane Woods Jewelry collection


Just like diamonds are a girl's best friend, so are pearls, rubies, gold, emeralds, and any type of luxurious jewelry you can get your hands on! A woman is incomplete without a piece of jewelry on her and it is a gorgeous accessory required for all occasions. So if you are currently looking to purchase jewelry for yourself or as a romantic gift for your S.O., you should definitely look at the marvelous and ornately designed Lane Woods Jewelry collection.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments