You probably don’t think about going to the pool unless you are going to relax after working out or are taking the kids for a splash about. If this is the case then you are really missing out on a whole new world of training opportunities and benefits. Read on if you want to learn about the main benefits of taking your training to the wet side!
Higher Calorie Burn for Less Effort
Just the statement we all want to hear!!! It is natural for your metabolism to boost when your body elevates its heart rate anyway, but if you swim often and regularly you will create longer and leaner muscles which means your daily metabolism will get better and better and your body will stay leaner much easier than with other forms of cardio. Swimming burns approximately 3 calories per mile per pound of bodyweight – so for example a women weighting 150 pounds can burn approximately 450 calories for every mile swam!
Team this up with the fact that due to hydrostatic pressure on the body, exercising in water reduces your heart rate up to 10-15 beats per minute compared to similar exertions on dry land therefore allowing you to work harder than you would in the gym. In fact 30 mins of exercise in the water is the equivalent of approximately 60mins of non water exercise – so if you are short on time but want an effective workout, head to the pool!
Great Fat Burner
Swimming is one of the most efficient ways to lose body fat. If you are looking to improve cardio fitness and tone up, then take out the cozzie because you’re about to get wet! As you move yourself through the water, you work your heart and lungs will ultimately help to increase lung capacity and your overall cardio fitness. Water provides 800 times more resistance than air hence there is a natural resistance provided, helping to tone muscles. The nature of the swimming strokes requires you to engage multiple muscle groups at the same time giving you a full body workout without even thinking about it!
“I’ve attended a number of different fitness classes over the past few years but have to say the one I’ve enjoyed the most has been the HIIT class run by Michael Jamieson Swim Academy. Not only does it help with my swim stamina but also my all round fitness. The mix of exercises in and out of the water means that it never gets boring and I know my whole body is getting a work out. Can’t wait for my next class!”