Swimming burns a lot of calories and so can help you lose weight as well as tone up your muscles. As it gives such a good all over body work out it means your heart and lungs must work very hard so it’s great for your cardiovascular system too.
If you’re overweight swimming is probably the best exercise you can do since the buoyancy in the water means that this exercise is low impact and has little risk of injury.
Mixing up your pace when you swim is better than just sticking to one slow speed. Increasing the pace makes you breathe a little heavier and that means your body is working a little harder. If you keep up this routine your heart, lungs and muscles will get stronger and you’ll be able to swim for longer before you get tired.
Using equipment such as a pull buoy or kick board means you work specific parts of your body harder and it will help tone specfic muscles.
A lot of people notice that swimming makes you hungry so if you’re trying to lose weight make sure you take a healthy snack with you to eat after your session.
You may not realise how much you’re sweating during a workout so it’s really important you have a drink bottle at the end of your lane to sip little and often.
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