Swimming for Weight Loss   by John Rau

by Pool Builders on 01-23-2010 in Articles

If you are trying to lose weight,and you've tried alot of diets,and exercise to no avail. Have you ever tried swimming to help with your weight loss?

Did you know you can burn as many as 900 calories in just one hour of swimming. Swimming quite possibly be the way to reach your desired weight and excercise goals.

Swimming has alot of meditative qualitys. It can turn all your attention away from your daily stress,which is very important for your mind. And also help reduce the risk of heart disease and high-blood pressure.

Almost every muscle in your body is used when swimming. It's an excellent body toner. Have you ever noticed that most swimmers have a lean and tight toned body? The work that your muscles go through when swimming not only burns calories, but that stubborn fat as well. Swimming also gives you great cardiovascular and strength-training work out.

If you are a newcomer of swimming you should consult your physician and take lessons from a trained expert before taking the plunge.Like many sports swimming can be fun with many health benefits, but can also lead to fatal accidents if not done carefully and with proper supervision. Even the novice swimmer should consider consulting a trained expert to maximize their workout.

Other exercises, such as running on pavement or rigorous weight-training, can put a lot of stress on your joints,ligaments and tendons and could lead to chronic injury. But with the buoyancy of water helps swimmers avoid those type of injuries.

Also, water increases flexibility because the effects of gravity is less. Stretches that may be difficult to perform on land can be done with ease in water because the joints are able to move through a greater range of motion.

When you are swimming the bulk of your workout can just be the front crawl. Its faster than the other strokes so you can cover more distance. In addition to the front crawl the backstroke, and the butterfly should be added to your routine. Just treading water can tone up your legs and your arms.

Most health clubs that have a pool offer group fitness classes that will help you to keep on the right path of your routine. Its just a matter of finding the right class and signing up.

As far as who is ideal for swimming it can be practically anyone. At any age, and physical ability, including pregnant women, the elderly, over-weight people,arthritis sufferers and also those recovering from injuries.

Swimming is also great for cross-training.

Swimming is the least expensive exercise, so it will be easy on your wallet. YMCA's and YWCA's usually have lower fees if you just want to take advantage of the pool only.

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