Chose Swimming to Help You Get Back Into Shape

by Pool Builders on 03-10-2008 in Articles

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise that there is. It does not put any strain on your joints and can be conducted in any weather conditions providing you are swimming in an indoor pool.

Swimming is an aerobic exercise which will strengthen your heart and keep you fit, combined with a healthy diet and appropriate strength training, aerobic exercise can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight and can help in the battle against obesity or type 2 diabetes, it improves circulation, enhances lung function, and makes the heart stronger. Swimming is a great exercise form to take part in if you are recovering from some form of muscular, joint or bone injury as you are not relying on your body weight to support you. Using swimming frequently as part of an exercise routine can help build up muscular flexibility and strength, and helps to strengthen joints against further damage. Swimming in the cooler water of a pool in the summer is a much better option than taking part in land based forms of exercise as your body temperature will be kept lower by the water and reduce the heat exhaustion.

Unlike many sports swimming has a very cheap set up cost, all you need is a pair of swimming trunks or a swimming costume of one type or another.

The only other things you may need are a pair of goggles, a nose clip, some ear plugs, a float of some kind or another and maybe some flippers.

Swimming accessories are relatively cheap, with a pair of goggles costing not much more than $15 or so, the other swimming accessories that I've mentioned above are needed more if you suffer with ear, nose, throat or ear infections. These are more preventative measures rather than paramount to your swimming.

Some people chose to add swimming floats to their swimming routine, not necessarily as an aid to swimming but to help target specific body areas, for example if you hold a leg float tightly between your legs whilst swimming your legs will drag behind you, floating in the water without kicking therefore the only way to propel yourself is via your arms. Likewise, you can hold onto a float and purely use your legs to propel you forward.

Swimming accessories can help you to vary your swimming training and workout and help to keep you focussed, motivated and help you achieve better results faster.

When you get to a very good level of swimming you may want to add arm and kegs weights into your workout. These accessories really do test the swimmer and can add a whole new dimension to swimming. Waterproof models are available plus all new contouring hand weights which are more comfortable to use.

So if you are looking for a form of exercise that might help you get back into shape and want something that is available all year, why not think about swimming.

So with very little outlay other than a swimsuit [] and maybe a few accessories you could take to the water and improve your fitness levels.

With the help of the correct swimming accessories you can ease your way into the sport, use the accessories to build strength and vary your training routine as well as keeping you fit and healthy.
If you have not taken part in any form of exercise for a prolonged period of time you should be aware of the necessity of seeing your physician before you begin any exercise program.
Happy splashing.

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