If fitness is defined as the state or condition of being fit and therefore having good health..specially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition then swimming for fitness might be one of the best ways to a healthy exercise routine!
You don’t have to be a competitor to hit the pool! Did you know swimming is one of the most popular forms of aerobic exercise, and it is an excellent activity for anyone who wishes to get fit and stay fit.
Swimming workouts burn fat, trim inches and help you get fitter and healthier than ever!
I bet you must be wondering why water works:
The body shaping benefits of swimming workouts are the result of a perfect storm of calorie burn and muscle recruitment. An easy swim burns around 500 calories an hour, while a vigorous effort can torch almost 700.
And because water is nearly 800 times denser than air, each kick, push, and pull is like a mini resistance workout for your entire body—especially your core, hips, arms, shoulders, and gluts. So in addition to blasting calories as you swim, you build lean muscle, which ignites your metabolism so that you burn more calories once you’ve showered and dried off.
When immersed, you become weightless giving your joints a much-needed vacation, how cool is that. But don’t believe me, here Joel Stager, Ph.D., director of the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming at Indiana University at Bloomington, who has studied the effects of swimming for years; says:
“You can swim almost every day without risking injury,”
“You can’t say the same for running or strength training.”
And that makes swimming something you can do for your entire life!
If you are a newbie like me, you can start of course with basics going for freestyle since its easy to learn and you burn major calories, but you can also mix it up using different stokes like backstroke or breaststroke!
Give it a try and have in mind if you haven’t been that active in the past swimming is a great option to begin to get back into fitness and you’ll discover it is also very relaxing!