Although it seems obvious to habitual swimmers that swimming can be a “rigorous, effective fitness workout, and be fun in the process”, there are many athletes out there who thinks thatswimming pools are strictly for children to play with water. There is also a widely circulated muth that swimming is not an effective form of weight loss. Therefore, we are here to give a brief recap of the reasons why everyone, of all ages, can benefit from swimming as a primary, secondary or alternative form of physical fitness to complement with their existing routine.
Try swimming in the open sea, of course, with someone looking out for you. Training with the waves pushing you back might gives you more motivation to reach your destination. Try swimming in different parts of the world where no beach looks alike!
Balance Your Build
Swimming builds longer, leaner muscles than the shorter, denser muscles developed from weight training. These kind of muscles also help to boost metabolism to keep calories burning longer.
Swimming boosts cardiovascular capacity, increases muscle strength, and gives your body a break from high-impact activities like jogging or weightlifting. By creating a balanced workout routine, athletes avoid injury by giving time for their body to heal, while not forgoing daily training sessions.
With the use of right technique, swimmers are able to train for longer periods of time than jogging, thus burning more calories.
In the many myths that swimming does not help to lose weight, one should always remember that they always feel hungry after swimming. Do not go for a hearty meal after swimming, instead, eat an apple which will fill your stomach until your next meal time.
There are many athletes who uses ice cold water to let their muscles relax after training. Swimming pools in Singapore can be quite cold as we do not have heaters in them, but that should do quite the job.