Swimming while Trimming

Swimming while trimmingA swimming pool might not be your first thought when you think about weight loss — but perhaps it should be, especially during the hot days in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Swimming is a one-of-a-kind workout. Not only is it a low-impact form of cardiovascular exercise, but it tones and firms muscles in a non-jarring way. It ignites metabolism, burns calories, trims inches and builds strength and stamina — all without stress on your joints. For instance, one hour of swimming laps burns more than 500 calories in a 200-pound person, according to the Mayo Clinic. Besides all of those beneficial factors, it’s a fun activity.

The Benefits of Water for Weight Loss

Water is denser than air. For this reason, every kick, stroke or pull through the water involves resistance of your entire body, particularly your arms, hips, shoulders, buttocks and core. So, in addition to burning calories, you simultaneously build up lean muscles when you are getting active by swimming. Combined, this boosts metabolism so that your body continues to burn calories even after you’ve changed out of your bathing suit.

Swimming works out both your upper body and lower body at the same time. When you use the water’s resistance, you have an effective way to target stubborn problem areas.

You also weigh less in water, which means you are more likely to exercise vigorously and longer. Since swimming doesn’t cause the same pressure or stress on your joints that some exercises cause, you won’t experience the same aches and pains during and after swimming that you might feel from those other exercises. This makes swimming an ideal activity to help you in your weight loss efforts.

Swimming is for Anyone who Wants to Lose Weight

One of the best reasons to opt for swimming when getting active for weight loss is that practically everyone can do it, regardless of size, experience, age or ability. It is especially beneficial for people who are very obese and who cannot do strenuous weight-bearing exercises, such as running or jogging.

Tips for Swimming for Weight Loss

Consider these practical tips when beginning a swimming regimen for weight loss:

  • Consult with your doctor before beginning any type of aerobic exercise, including swimming.
  • Stretch and warm up before entering the pool. Do arm circles and arm stretches for a few minutes before getting into the water.
  • Use swimming accessories. Swimming floats and pool noodles can help add even more resistance to your swimming routine.
  • Start slowly, but increase your intensity level and duration over time.
  • Swim regularly. Exercising once a week is not enough to lose weight (or even maintain weight). If swimming is your only physical activity, aim to swim at least five times a week and for one hour at a time.

If you enjoy being in a pool, try swimming, but remember to be consistent with it to see the best results.

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