Swim Your Way To Slimness, Fitness And Health
So you want to start a new fitness regime to lose a few kilos, to feel good about yourself or to keep your body healthy? Great! Exercise plays a major role not just in our physical health, but in our emotional and mental well-being too.
Tip: The best exercise programs will not only tone your body but also include exercises designed to increase flexibility. Local classes are optimal as they are more convenient than others.
The problem, you may say though, is which fitness regime to follow? There’s running, power walking, going to the gym, yoga, and numerous fitness classes too – how do you choose which will work best for you?
Tip: The frequency of your workouts depend on exactly what you are trying to achieve. To get bigger, you want to limit the amount of strength training exercises you complete on a regular basis.
All fitness regimes have pros and cons, and by all means try out a few to see how your body responds. But before you rush to join the gym, buy running shoes or check out the latest fitness classes, take a moment to learn why swimming may answer all of your fitness dreams!
A Sport That Is Easy On Your Body
Tip: When you are exercising you should ensure that you breathe out after ever rep. This will allow the body to intake more air, which will help raise your energy levels.
Running, walking and other such like sports can be great for some people, but for others can result in pain to ankles, knees or hips. Of course you can learn how to protect your body when engaging in such sports, but wouldn’t it be great to participate in a sport that has the lowest impact on your body’s joints?
Tip: Wall sits are a quick and easy way to build leg strength. Find a wide enough space on the wall that fits your body.
Swimming not only gives you a whole-body workout, but when immersed to the neck your body will bear only 10% of it’s weight. Ideal, not only for those with physical limitations, weight limitations or arthritis suffers, but for all who want to protect their body whilst staying fit.
A Sport That Is Great For Your Fitness Levels
Tip: Flexing your glutes when you do a rep is recommended when lifting weights over your head. This will help firm up your butt while helping your body to align itself better for a safer work out.
When you swim your body uses all your major muscle groups, legs, hips, arms, shoulders, back, abdomen – everything is getting a good workout. Interestingly swimming is also a great sport for building strength in your body due to water giving twelve times the resistance that air gives.
Great, you may be thinking, swimming sure does sound like the sport for me, but how do I get started?
Tip: To improve your sprint, work to increase your stride speed. You may try to run faster by stretching out your front leg when you run.
Really it all depends what level you are at. If you’re experience of swimming goes as far as a few swim classes when you were at school, or a paddle around the kidís pool on holiday, then you may want to consider a swimming class. Don’t be put off by joining a class with others, you will likely find that most of them are in the same situation as you and the company and encouragement can be worthwhile.
Tip: Count in reverse while working out. Start with the number of repetitions you wish to complete, and count towards zero from there.
If you know how to swim but simply haven’t been in the pool for a while then set yourself a swim time each week and make sure you stick to it! Start with setting a small goal, even if it’s only one length, then increase your goal each time. It’s up to you how many times you can schedule a swim into your weekly plan, but if it allows for two or three time per week you will quickly find yourself swimming for longer and further.
So are you going to give swimming a go? If you do, you may well find yourself swimming to a slimmer, healthier and fitter you!