If you consider the main aims of any fitness regime – to lose weight, improve fitness and build muscles – there are few sports that tick all the boxes as emphatically as swimming. On top of all that, swimming provides a full-body workout with minimal risk of injury, which makes it an excellent choice for cross-training.
Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. An obvious place to start is that swimming will make you fitter, especially if you do it frequently and get your technique nailed down.
Swimming is a good all-round activity because it:
- keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
- builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
- helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
- tones muscles and builds strength
- provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.
We’ve all gazed in slack-jawed admiration at the bodies of Olympic swimmers. While a few laps of the local lido every week is unlikely to result in equivalent changes to your torso, swimming will quickly make muscles all over your body bigger and stronger.
“Some people have body types where they pack muscle on quicker than others, but you have to swim a lot of miles to significantly change your shape and bulk up. But what you will find is that swimming strengthens muscles from top to bottom quite quickly. You work your core and legs as well as your upper body.”
If you’re a keen runner, cyclist or any other kind of athlete, it will do your performance the world of good to add swimming into your routine. As a low-impact exercise that builds fitness and strength, as well as aiding recovery, swimming could have a huge effect on your preferred sport, at elite or amateur level.
“When I was training for events – triathlon, duathlon or even just running – I was always a much better athlete when I was swimming.
Other benefits of swimming
Swimming has many other benefits including:
- being a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise
- alleviating stress
- improving coordination, balance and posture
- improving flexibility
- providing good low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions
- providing a pleasant way to cool down on a hot day
- being available in many places – you can swim in swimming pools, beaches, lakes, dams and rivers. Make sure that the environment you choose to swim in is safe.
Some general tips for swimming
Before you dive in:
- Make sure you know how to swim.
- Choose a safe environment.
- Warm up and stretch your muscles and joints before entering the water.
- Have plenty of fluids on hand and drink regularly.
- Don’t overdo it if you’re just starting out.
….and finally “Mamma Mia” a Nice Place to swim.
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