Many people decide to start exercising, do too much too soon and end up hurting themselves. If this is you, consider taking up swimming. If you are lucky enough to have your own pool – even better, with the aid of a pool heater you can exercise in comfort all summer and beyond.
The big benefit of swimming, as opposed to running or working out, is that it is very easy on the body. At the same time it provides a good whole body exercise. Whilst it works for anyone it is particularly useful for anyone with physical limitations such as arthritis or just excess weight. It is also something you can do whatever your age.
Because the water takes your weight it cushions painful joints and for people who are unfit it enables them to exercise without stressing the body. In fact athletes use water to rehabilitate after injury or to cross-train.
Swimming impacts all the major muscle groups, including the shoulders, back, abdominals, legs and hips enabling the strengthening of muscles without the danger of doing too much. In fact you are getting a cardiovascular workout and strengthening at the same – the ideal exercise.
So if you want to lose weight is swimming something that can help? Yes but you need to work at it. If you just swim leisurely it will be like going for a gentle walk and not use a great deal of calories. Experts suggest that, if you want to lose weight, you do interval training in which you push yourself hard for short bursts.
If you can’t swim, or are not a great swimmer, it is never too late to learn. It is important to get the rhythm of strokes and breathing right so getting some expert tuition is ideal, there are classes available whatever your existing ability. So no excuses, take up swimming today and improve your health and fitness whilst having fun.