December 2, 2017 3:02 pm

Mary James

The Top 5 Benefits Of Swimming And Why You Should Practise It

Michael Phelps, American former competitive swimmer

I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.

Michael Phelps ‧ American former competitive swimmer with a total of 28 medals

If you're looking to get a good workout in a short period of time you should look at the local swimming pool.

Swimming is one of the more difficult physical activities, and do it regularly can help improve your aerobic strength, enhance your endurance and boost your physique all at the same time.

As you probably know, swimming is one of the most popular activities in many countries around the world. But why, exactly? There are a host of benefits you may gain from swimming laps regularly.

#1. Workout Different Muscles

Even if you are already physically fit, it makes sense to add in swimming to your regular routine. It differs greatly from most other exercises and it's likely to work different muscles than you usually work.

Adding in a few swimming sessions each week will help you become a more well-rounded athlete and build up a more stable form of strength that you can rely on for other activities as well.

Pool Workout For Abs

TIP: Adding in a few swimming sessions each week will help you become a more well-rounded athlete and build up a more stable form of strength that you can rely on for other activities as well.

#2. Great Heart Workout

Swimming really works your heart and lungs while you do the act, and that's probably why you feel so out of breathing after a couple of laps in the pool.

When you swim face down in a pool and you force your body to come up for air intermittently, you are teaching your lungs a new breathing pattern. This action forces more air into the lungs and makes the body learn to process oxygen more efficiently. Regular swimming can improve your breathing and your aerobic health overall.

#3. Builds Ab Muscles Effectively

This exercise puts a strain on the entire body, but it will force your abs to work harder than they have to in most other physical activities.

That’s why swimming is an effective exercise for increasing abdominal strength and one that should be used regularly if you want that nice uniform washboard to look before you go to the beach.

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#4. Builds Endurance

Swimming for longer periods of time helps build up your endurance for other activities as well. If you want to become a more capable runner, or you are interested in upping your cycling speed, doing laps in the pool can help your goal.

Swimming puts a new strain on your body and offers it new coping mechanisms that you may not have in place already. It helps your body become more effective overall and really benefits endurance athletes.

#5. Burns Calories Quickly

Swimming is a full body activity, and it burns through calories faster than most other physical activities. If you can get in an hour of doing laps, you're likely to burn many more calories than you would have at the local track or through a single spinning class.

The Top 5 Benefits Of Swimming And Why You Should Practice It
The Top 5 Benefits Of Swimming And Why You Should Practise It

TIP: Regular swimming can improve your breathing and your aerobic health overall.

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The Bottom Line

Adding swimming to your life will improve your physical fitness while helping you develop an important skill that could save your life at some point.

If you’re just getting started with an exercise program, weight loss program, or if you’re looking to try something new, jump in the pool. Swimming has a host of benefits for your mind, body, and soul. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and take breaks as necessary and most of all, have fun!

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FAQ

CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT BY SWIMMING?

Yes. Swimming burns calories and can help a person lose weight, as well as tone muscles and improve overall health and fitness. By engaging several muscle groups and the cardiovascular system, swimming can provide an excellent workout for a wide variety of individuals.

HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK SHOULD YOU GO SWIMMING?

Swimmers at the beginner level may swim two to three times per week. Pure competitive swimmers train between five to nine times per week. Most adults are not professional swimmers who can get to the pool every day, and sometimes twice a day.

CAN SWIMMING CHANGE YOUR BODY SHAPE?

Some people have body types where they pack muscle on quicker than others, but you have to swim a lot of miles to significantly change your shape and bulk up. But what you will find is that swimming strengthens muscles from top to bottom quickly. You work your core and legs and your upper body.

HOW LONG DO YOU NEED TO SWIM TO GET A GOOD WORKOUT?

You should plan on swimming for 30 minutes so that your actual exercise time (as opposed to rest time) ends up around 20 minutes. To begin, commit yourself to three times a week, 30 minutes per workout. Try swimming for as much of that time as you can and count your laps.

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About the Author Mary James


I am passionate about fitness, a healthy lifestyle, cooking, and well-being. This blog is about some of my thoughts that are occupying my mind and spirit daily over the last 10 years and my grand passion – weight loss and fitness, healthy lifestyle and healthy food, mindfulness and self-improvement.

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