Swimming Pools Offer Great Aerobic And Weight Loss Benefits

by Pool Builders on 08-07-2011 in Articles

There are times, when it's so hot and humid in the summer when you simply can't bring yourself to get outside and exercise. If you have a swimming pool in your own backyard though, you can exercise no matter how hot it gets! Whether you're looking to swim for recreation or for exercise it's a great way to undertake a workout even when the sun is high in the sky. Swimming is a great way to get a cardio workout and build endurance. Even individuals who suffer back, hip, knee pain or deal with arthritis or other painful joint issues. In a swimming pool, the buoyancy relieves the stress on the swimmer's joints and muscles but swimming offers great resistance and allows you to get a great workout in a short amount of time.

Swimming routines provide the same aerobic results as running or walking, all without stressing your knees, legs or back. Additionally, when you're swimming you're working to strengthen your shoulder and back muscles as well as your abs, heart and lungs.

Individuals who commit to a regular swimming routine will quickly enhance cardiovascular fitness, build endurance, increase lung capacity and tone your body as well. Because the resistance you feel in the water is more than the resistance you encounter in the air - ie if you're running or walking - your muscles have to work harder but because of the buoyancy of the water, you do it in a way that doesn't put harmful impact on your joints. Additionally, swimming will improve your body's overall circulation.

Try out various swim strokes for your work out, try to change it up every time you swim or change it up every few laps and work on the breaststroke, freestyle strokes and the backstroke. As with any type of workout, you want to begin your workout with a five to 10 minute warm up of water walking. If you're a beginning swimmer, you should plan your workouts for intervals of 15 to 20 minutes several times a week.

As a weight loss regimen swimming will help you lose weight as the activity burns as many calories per hour as if you'd run for six miles in one hour. Add to the calorie-burning mix, swimming is a relaxing exercise as well and many people find it to be a great time to meditate and help relieve the stresses of the day.

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