Build a Lean Body - Swimming For Fitness

by Pool Builders on 02-15-2009 in Articles

Swimming is one the best forms of exercise and this has been a proven fact for a very long time, and as is stands, nothing of this fact will change in the future to come. Proven as a method to build lean muscle mass and promote cardio vascular health, the one benefit of swimming is the fact that is a very low impact form of exercise, which means that any form of ligament injury, pain in the knees (due to running), muscle tear, joint pain is severely minimized due to its nature of exercise within a sluggish medium that is water.

The movements themselves are also very natural and do not require any increased exertion to perform them and because of this, even the very aged and the very young infants can take advantage of swimming as a form of regular exercise. Now, this article will look into more detail on the very ways that swimming can build a much leaner body. Firstly, we can look at swimming as a total exercise solution to building lean muscle mass at almost every aspect of the body because its very actions uses all the major muscle groups. In whatever stroke you are using, the arms are used in full effect to steer and help you move along the water, and when you use your arms, your back, your chest, your entire upper body is also recruited in the whole process.

Your legs are the engines of your swimming, the propulsion system of your swimming, which then works out your entire upper and lower legs, giving them complete lean muscle mass development. Because of its constant movement through the water, swimming has the ability to build high levels of endurance and strength. Swimming burns just as much calories and fat as running or any other high impact forms of exercises like climbing, step aerobics and running, so there is no excuse for anyone not to turn to swimming to lose weight. With no more than 30 to 45 minutes a day in the pool, you will accelerate your metabolic rate and burn enough fat within that time. If you are swimming to lose weight, then you have found the right sort of environment for it.

Normally people get tired due to many things, the heat of the day, the high impact nature of their exercise, exertion, the body producing lactic acid, signaling you to stop and sit down for a breather. When you are swimming, you are already in an environment that is tactile, cooling and overall soothing, which means that the water keeps your body cool, you do not feel totally lethargic after an exercise, and you can go for longer than if you were running outside. This is why more and more people often turn to swimming when they feel unable to run anymore - but do not wait till that happens. Swim, and build the body you always wanted for yourself.

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