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Swimming, The Forgotten Workout

Submitted by on March 26, 2009 – 9:32 pm2 Comments

poolMost workouts today are in the weight room, on the track, or in some form of yoga. Now these workouts are all fine to do and they will help to improve your overall health, but by including swimming into your workout you can push yourself to get into your best shape ever. Many people have lost interest in swimming for some reason so here are some points to get you back in the lanes;

  • Find Your BalanceSwimming builds a different type of muscle rather than that when weight lifting. Lifting weights will build tense shorter muscles and if that is the only type of muscle you build you may become  less  agile and see your balance fade. Swimming can help to build lean muscle and balance your body type. Swimming also improves flexibility and will increase your range of motion, which a lot of people need  a little help with. After your laps in the pool have a nice cool down stretch to help you get to that perfect balance a little quicker.

  • Decease Joint Pain- Instead of the regular cardio workouts of running, cycling or  eliptical make the switch to swimming to shake things up once in a while. While running is a great work out for some people it can be tough of the lower joints and cause some serious pain.  Swimming might be your cure for all the pain, while getting you a great full body workout it.

  • Build Your Lungs- Including a workout that is physically demanding and forces proper breathing on you will greatly increases the capacity of your lungs. This will carry over to any aerobic activity and help with your endurance allowing you to push longer, harder and more efficiently in all physically activity.

  • Strengthen Your Heart- Swimming with proper technique forces every muscle in your body to work simotaniously together, this will teach your heart to pump blood more efficiently to all parts of you body and will help with your cardiovascular strength.

  • Increase Strength- Swimming can help with your strength training by building a solid core. Swimming is a great way to build core strength and will help with your lifts at the gym. Having a strong core will allow you to lift more weight by not worrying about balance during you lift and being able to push from a strong base.

If you can find a way to work a trip to the pool into your regiment be sure that it will improve all other aspects of your physical life. Swimming will also take you mind off everything and can be a great way to relieve stress after a long day, so give it a try and I guarantee you wont regret it.

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