How Regular Swimming Can Help You Lose Weight and Stay Fit  

by Pool Builders on 10-19-2012 in Articles

What Makes Swimming so Awesome

Swimming is a great way to lose weight. It's not just a cardiovascular exercise (if you do laps), but it's also a great way to develop some muscles, especially the back muscles for that much coveted V shaped body. You'll notice that the swimmers in the olympic games all have that really nice looking V shaped back.

Swimming is also really fun so it's a bit easier for most people to go to the pool or the sea to train than to head to the gym. It's probably because most people have a lot of childhood memories that involve the swimming pool.

But let's get to the meat of the article ok.

What do you need to start training?

The only two things you need really are a place to swim in and some trunks (guys) or a bathing suit/bikini (girls). The second one isn't too hard to get but it's the pool that most people have trouble with.

Not everyone can afford a pool at home and for really good workouts, you need to have a decent sized one too. Lucky for most of us though that there are a lot of commercial/university pools available pretty much wherever you are. For example I live in the Philippines and there are a lot of swimming pools in Manila that I can just rent whenever I have to train. There are expensive ones from hotels and a couple of really cheap ones which are owned and run by the local government.

Wherever you live in the world, all it normally takes to find a pool is a google search for one. If you know of a large college or a University near you, they sometimes allow outsiders to use their pool for a fee when class is out so you can try those. Or you could also try looking for a sports center that has a pool.

There are tons of options so even if you don't have a pool, it's not impossible to train.
Muscle development

What I really love about swimming is that it pretty much works most of your major muscle groups. Unlike body building or weight lifting, where you normally do muscle targeted workouts, with swimming you need to use all your muscles to stay afloat and to do your laps.

You'll notice that after doing say 20 or 30 minutes of lap work, your whole body will tense up or feel a bit hard. That's how you can tell that swimming is a whole body workout.

A couple of pointers when training

You've probably already been told this when you were a kid but try to take at least a 30 minute break before doing some swimming after you eat. This is pretty basic and applies to pretty much any workout.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you need to do some warm ups and stretching before you train. One of the biggest problems that most beginner swimmers experience is cramping. This happens because your muscles haven't loosened up yet before you started exercising. The most common part of your body that will cramp when swimming are your calves so pay close attention to those.

And finally, when doing lap work, you'd don't have to go really fast. Just find a pace that you can keep doing for a long period of time. Something that isn't so hard that you're not exhausted already after just 2 or 3 laps.

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