Swimming is the Total Body Workout  

by Pool Builders on 09-30-2009 in Articles

For those looking to lose some serious weight, swimming is one of the best ways to do so. Getting in the pool just a few times a week will allow you to get a total body workout. No matter how long you swim for, you will be using every major muscle group in your body. For those just getting started with swimming as an exercise, it is important not to get discouraged by how little you are able to swim before becoming tired. You are tired because of how many different muscle groups you are working out. The important thing is to rest and stay focused on your exercise.

Take it slow to start. Swim a couple laps with a decent break in between. The tendency is to try to keep up with the guy in the next lane. People feel lazy when they cannot swim a half hour uninterrupted. Try not to feel this way, because if you push yourself too hard you can get a serious cramp. The person in the next lane is too busy with their own workout to pay attention to what you are doing. Even if they do pay attention to you, they will remember how it is to get started. There is no shame in starting slow and building up to being able to swim steadily.

There are many different ways in which you can build strength through swimming exercises. Kick boards are a great way to build up more strength in your legs. By grabbing on to the board, your entire upper body is forced to be stationary. This only leaves you legs to propel you through the water. Using a kick board along with gym exercises will build powerful legs in no time. You can also use paddle boards that attach to your hands to create an upper body workout. Another recommendation for a more challenging swimming exercise are drag pads. These pads are clenched between your thighs as you swim causing a drag you work against.

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