Swimming For Fitness This Summer

 

Summer is just around the corner and if you’re looking for a great form of aerobic exercise, you’ll want to look at swimming.  Swimming is said to be one of the best forms of aerobic exercise. The stress on your joints is minimal because you’re held up by the water. And you use your entire body when you’re swimming.

If you’re thinking of getting into swimming as a form of fitness this summer, here are some ideas for getting the most from your swimming along with some of the benefits associated with swimming for fitness.

Types of Swimming

For some people, the idea of swimming from one end of the pool to the other can seem boring.  Thankfully, with a Michael Phelps Swim Spa, boredom is a thing of the past.  You can use the sound system in your swim spa to keep you motivated and energy.  You can also swim against a current and work your body in ways you haven’t before.  If you’re looking for tips to vary your workout, here are a few.

* Utilize swim barbells to do a variety of workout exercises during your warm up and cool down before beginning to swim.

* Use a kickboard or float board once in a while. Hang onto it and kick against the current for an entire song.

* Change strokes with each new song or do a different stroke each session.

* Consider water aerobics as a way to get fit in addition to swimming.

Benefits of Swimming

Exercising in water primarily works joints, soft tissue, and muscles. It’s not a form of exercise that is intended to strengthen bone – for that, you need to engage in weight-bearing exercise. But swimming offers a great many benefits, such as the following.

* Swimming offers a whole-body workout – nearly every muscle group is engaged. And just moving in water requires your muscles to work harder than making that same movement in the air.

* Cardiovascular health is purported to be greatly enhanced by swimming. Sources point out that the continual use of your muscles helps keep your heart rate up. After all, even if you’re not actively swimming, your muscles are engaged by just moving through the water.

* If you are overweight, swimming can help you perform motions and movements that might be difficult on “land.” And speaking of being overweight…

* Swimming may just help you lose weight, especially if you combine it with a healthy diet and more active lifestyle. Depending on your body weight and the swimming stroke you use, you can burn anywhere from 400 to 1000 calories in an hour.

* One of the big benefits of swimming is that it is easy on the joints. If you suffer from arthritis or any form of joint pain, swimming can help you work those joints (and the rest of your body) without impact.

Tips

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your swimming for fitness this summer.

* Create a great mix of workout songs.  When you have great music to workout to, it makes the workout more fun!

* Safety is always important. Make sure you don’t get overheated if the water is warm, and if you feel very winded or uncomfortable, stop swimming and rest until you feel okay.

* If you are concerned about the effects of chemicals on your hair or eyes, wear a swimming cap and/or goggles.

Now go out and swim!  Happy swimming!

 

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