A backyard pool can be an amazing place to work out. It isn’t just for the kids anymore! Swimming is an excellent cardio exercise that works every major muscle group. So if you want to be toned and lean this summer, get swimming!
Swimming is not just a workout for your muscles, it also works the heart and lungs in a way that is difficult to mimic on land. One thing to watch out for, however, is that swimmers tend to get sluggish or “binge eat” after a workout because of all of the effort they just exerted. Avoid these temptations to make weight loss more effective, if that is your overall goal.
It is much easier on your joints.
Swimming is much easier on your bones and joints compared to cardio exercises done on land that have similar effects. The fluidity of the water also makes joint injuries much less likely to occur.
It will increase your core strength and balance.
Many people do not realize the huge effect that swimming can have on your core strength. Swimmers need to maintain their balance while in the water, and that means they are using tiny muscles throughout the core to keep them swimming straight. Using these muscles builds a strong core and can even help your posture.
It can decrease the chances of certain medical conditions.
Swimming 30 to 60 minutes three or four times per week will likely decrease your chances for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and it can even lower the risk of certain types of cancer. Lowered blood pressure and lowered resting heart rate are also fairly common benefits. It can even reduce the amounts of bad cholesterol in your body.
Swimming will increase muscle strength using resistance.
Water is 12 times denser than air, making moving through it much more difficult. That means that swimming is a form of resistance training that will build and tone muscle in virtually every muscle group.
For more tips and tricks for using and maintaining your swimming pool, keep an eye on our blog! Happy swimming!