Swimming may have been a fun past time that you remember as a kid, but now it is so much more. It is a great workout that can tone your body, help you lose weight, and ease your mind. But just how, when, and why should you take up swimming again? Let’s explore swimming in a whole new light. Get your goggles and bathing suits ready, we’re going in the pool!
According to experts, swimming is one of the best ways to lose weight. You can burn a lot of calories swimming, and the best part is, there is no impact on your joints. This is especially important for people with injuries or achy joints that still want to stay in shape.
So how do you start? Slow and steady wins the race. Start with about twenty minutes of swimming and work your way up. As you get better, you can also increase the intensity and pace to keep your heart rate up. If you can swim in the morning before breakfast, you’ll have the bonus effect of using up stored fat. And working up to a swimming routine of five times a week seems to have the best benefits. Once you’ve remembered a few of your basic strokes, you might feel like taking a swim class or doing water aerobics. These types of activities incorporate things like water weights and floating pool noodles, which are both great ways to improve your technique.
If you are wondering what strokes work the best, variety is the key. Mixing up your strokes will give you the best bang for your buck. The butterfly stroke is known for its challenging technique and will burn the most calories. After that, the breaststroke is a close second, and the backstroke would come in at third. You can also try interval training, which is an all-out sprint is for thirty seconds, followed by a short rest.
And another tip. Diet, along with swimming exercises, will give the best results. You need a balanced diet and a calorie deficit to help you shed those unwanted pounds. Moreover, if swimming helps you work up an appetite, reach for some extra fruits and vegetables to compensate.
So what are you waiting for? Dive into swimming and see how it can help make you a happier and healthier you.