Swimming – like any exercise that a personal trainer will recommend for you – will benefit both your body and mind. This being said, there are a number of advantages that are specific to the art of swimming that you can benefit from right on into your older years, at any stage of your life. Read on to discover more.
Swimming is a strength and cardiovascular workout – all rolled into one!
When you swim, you build your endurance as well as your cardiovascular strength as swimming stimulates your muscles and raises your heart rate.
Swimming is a very good exercise for mothers-to-be
There is much evidence as to why it is essential to keep exercising during your pregnancy, for example you will bounce back to your original shape much quicker after you give birth. Swimming is a highly beneficial exercise for pregnant women as it doesn’t put any strain on your joints – thus protecting the mother’s unborn baby – while at the same time not compromising on the workout.
Treat swimming like any other workout
Just because you’re not exercising on dry land with a personal trainer doesn’t mean that all the principles attached to exercising well don’t apply! During your swimming session, you’ve still got to include a warm-up as well as a cool-down in your routine – and don’t forget to drink enough water! (Just because you’re surrounded by water doesn’t mean you can’t forget to drink water as well: you are having a cardiovascular workout.)
Structure your swimming workout to suit you
As with any workout, you need to structure your swimming session according to your body and fitness levels. There are three routines that you can add into your swimming session in order to improve your overall fitness. These are:
1. Time trials
Time trials are structured so that you are able to measure your progress. During these events, you will swim a certain distance – or for a certain period of time – and you’ll measure how long it took you to swim that distance or how far you were able to swim during that period of time.
2. Interval training
During internal training, you will swim a certain distance in a specific amount of time, depending on your fitness levels, for example beginners will swim eight 25m lengths.
3. Endurance training
Here, you are allocated a certain amount of time in which to swim and your task is to swim as many lengths of the pool that you can.