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I know that not many of you are fond of swimming and this is particularly true during the colder months. Throughout the years I've tried to convince many friends that swimming (just like ice-cream) can also be enjoyed when outside it’s freezing; but I have always failed.
I get that the thought of getting into your swimsuit and jumping into cold water when outside snowing is not exactly appealing. Or better yet, I try to understand this, because I believe that it’s just a lazy excuse to slack off.
Anyway, now it’s summertime and a refreshing dive might just be what you need to the cool off the heat. So I do urge to take this chance and make swimming part of your workout routine and maybe, by the time Fall rolls around, you won’t be able to give it up.Swimming is a challenging workout that is also very calming. Water has a deceptive action in that it’s enjoyable and provides a seemingly relaxing and supportive workout medium. That is until you finish and come out of the water. Then it hits you, you have had more a workout than you thought. Swimming is a great heart conditioner and works many different muscle groups at the same time.
Ranging from your shoulders, arms, core right down to your legs. Water does this by providing resistance to your muscles to work against.
Swimming is a low impact exercise and among all workouts swimming is definitely one that is almost neutral on your joints. It’s also very good for the back too as water supports most of your body weight too.
You can maximize the number of muscles you work (and avoid boredom) by varying the style your perform and, furthermore, you can focus more on your legs or on the upper body, depending on what your training needs are.
But that’s not all, swimming works to build lean muscle, which in turn improves your metabolism.
A total win-win situation.
Swimming workouts should initially be done in shorter segments, since the cardiovascular system is forced to work differently than on land, where you can breathe in and out freely.
I really hope you’ll give this summer swimming a chance, it’s a clean, cut and exacting workout!