Benefits of Swimming - The best exercise that you're missing out on and how to get started
Benefits of Swimming And How To Get Started As A Beginner
Millions of happy and healthy people worldwide enjoy the benefits of Swimming. They may swim for cardiovascular fitness and physical training, to burn calories and promote weight loss, or for therapy during recovery from injury. Or they may swim as relief from the heat or for the sheer enjoyment of the near weightless movement in the pool.
Cardiovascular and aerobic benefits.
Swimming uses all of the major muscle groups in your body and challenges your heart and lungs to provide additional blood and oxygen to your muscles as you swim. As you swim more frequently, your body adapts to the stresses and your level of fitness increases, swim training two to three times a week will greatly improve your cardiovascular system and aerobic (oxygen moving) capacity. The fitness benefits you gain from swimming will also improve your energy levels, help you burn calories and increase lean muscle, and improve your outlook and attitude allowing you to face new challenges outside of the pool.
Swimming is easy on the joints.
As you swim, the water provides support and protects your joints and ligaments from stress and damage. Swimming in a controlled and monitored environment (lifeguard on duty) is extremely safe and often recommended as physical therapy when recovering from injuries sustained from sports injuries. Swimming provides all of the fitness benefits of more stressful exercise options like running without the stress or overuse injuries that result from pounding the pavement.
Swimming burns calories.
As mentioned earlier, swimming activates all of the major muscle groups in your body, and if used as exercise, swimming can burn more calories than jogging without injury. Since your swimming prevents injuries and increases flexibility you will be able to swim all year long. Lap swimming burns about 475 calories per hour depending on your weight, speed and effort. Increasing your speed and intensity and choosing more challenging strokes can greatly increase your calorie burn. The breaststroke can burn up to 585 calories per hour, the backstroke about 540 calories per hour, or the butterfly stroke at 784 calories per hour at a moderate to brisk pace.
How to get started swimming.
If you are ready to begin swimming for fun or fitness start at your local municipal swimming pool if one is available. Be sure to visit the pool at times you would actually swim to see how crowded the facility is at those times. Are there swim classes available? Are there an adequate number of trained lifeguards on duty? You can also check your local gyms and YMCA for lap pools and training or instruction or maybe your apartment complex or housing subdivision has a pool available.
Once you find a pool, dive in, simply get in the water and start moving. Start with a couple of easy laps, but once you become more skilled and begin to build your endurance for longer and faster workouts you may want to research and plan for more structured training sessions. You’ll soon see your workouts improve, your times will get faster, your stroke will become more efficient and you will breath more easily and develop lean muscle and flexibility as you burn away calories and body fat.