Swimming to Slim Down and Shape Up


Swimming to Slim Down and Shape Up

Resolving to lose weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. After weeks of indulgence and lounging around the house, most of us are ready to get moving and feeling fit again. Getting trim can be as simple as adding a new exercise routine to your schedule. Forget a costly gym membership or gimmicky diet plan. Your biggest ally in the battle of the bulge can be found in your own backyard.

Works for Just About Everyone

It turns out you can do more than lounge in your pool. Swimming is a cardiovascular exercise, which increases your heart rate and helps the body burn excess fat. It works well for people with old sports injuries, arthritis or joint pain. The vigor can also be modified to suit everyone from beginners to professional athletes. The flexibility of swimming is what makes it an attractive and classic form of exercise to people across the globe.

Torches Calories with Interval Training

However, a few laps around your pool probably won’t cut it when it comes to meeting your weight loss and health goals. You’ll have to ramp things up a bit to get that calorie burn. Make friends with the resistance provided by the water. Kick and paddle boards beat the boredom while making your muscles work that much harder.

An interval workout helps condition your body for a new workout routine. Start by swimming three to four laps at your normal speed. Cool off for fifteen to thirty seconds as needed. Follow up with four laps at full speed. You may choose to alternate between a breast stroke and freestyle as you see fit. Repeat the alternating intervals twice and cool down. Keep in mind that it may take a couple of weeks to get accustomed to working out again if it’s been awhile since you hit the pool.

Loaded with Anti-Aging and Health Benefits

A good swimming session can blast over 500 calories depending on your size and the intensity of the workout. The benefits don’t just stop at burning fat. Regular quality time exercising in your pool can help to lower your blood pressure, build muscle and increase flexibility. Some studies even suggest that devoted swimmers may have a lower biological age than their actual chronological age. Considering how refreshing and invigorating a splash in the pool can be, it shouldn’t come to much surprise that it may be able to slow down the aging process.

Because swimming is such an energizing workout, you may find yourself feeling extra hungry after exercising. Use this side effect to your advantage. Swim in the morning before breakfast and enjoy a protein-packed breakfast afterwards. A banana or half a cup of oatmeal makes for an easy pre-breakfast to put something in your stomach beforehand. You’ll continue to burn extra calories all day and get your workout out of the way first thing in the morning.

A pool makes for an excellent place to put your health first and accomplish your goals. To receive more information about finding the perfect one for you and your family, be sure to fill out the contact form.

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