A swimming pool might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about slimming down and shaping up, but it certainly should be. There is no other workout that boosts metabolism, burns calories and firms every muscle in your body. And swimming does all of this without putting added stress on your joints. Best of all, a stationary swimmer can be utilized in small pools to garner the same results as swimming in an Olympic-sized pool. Additionally, you don’t have to be a gold medalist to enjoy the health benefits of swimming.
Swimming produces the perfect storm in which calories can be burned. An easy, relaxed swim will burn around 500 calories an hour, a vigorous effort in the swimming pool will burn upwards to 700 calories over the course of an hour. In addition, because water is 800 times more dense than air, each stroke, kick, push and pull is like its own mini workout for all of your body parts. That is, swimming works out your entire body, especially your core. So as you are doing the breaststroke, not only are you burning a ton of calories, you are building lean muscle.
There is no doubt that swimming will make you lean and mean, but ironically, it is also gentle on your body. Since water basically neutralizes gravity, you become almost weightless when immersed. This gives your joints that break they have so desperately needed. Just think about how your joints feel after hitting the treadmill or even after a brisk walk. You can swim worry-free knowing you are not going to do any damage to your body.
Start swimming today for that body you have always desired.