Swimming is healthy exercise that benefits the body in many different ways. It works practically all of the muscles in the body, especially if you try a variety of strokes. Swimming can develop a person’s general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
If you are a runner, and train on a regular basis, perhaps you might want to find an activity that keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off of your body. Or maybe an injury prevents you from putting weight on a knee or ankle. This is where swimming could suit your needs. Kicking workouts, water aerobics, pool running, or a regular swimming workout can all give you a great exercise session without the weight of your body pounding you with each move.
Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. It is a good workout on its own or can serve as a cross-training element to a more comprehensive training programme. Before a vigorous workout, some athletes use the pool for a warm-up session. Swimming with increasing effort to gradually increase your heart rate and stimulate your muscle activity is easily accomplished in the water. After a workout, swimming a few laps can also help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.
Swimming burns calories at a rate of about 3 calories a mile per pound of bodyweight. If you weigh 150 lbs. and it takes you 30 minutes to swim one mile (1,760 yards or 1,609 meters), then you will be using about 900 calories in one hour. This would equate to 32 lengths of a 50m pool or 64 lengths of a 25m pool. Most swimmers would not be capable of this speed or duration, but regardless of the length of your swim it will most definitely benefit your health once done safely.
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