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Want a better, faster and safer way to burn calories and improve flexibility? Dive in to a pool near you Is swimming the perfect workout? It’s not quite as macho as paratrooper training or mud-wrestling a boa constrictor, but few activities can claim simultaneous improvements in cardiovascular conditioning, muscular endurance and joint flexibility. Swimming uses all the major muscles of the body, and its fluid environment provides omnidirectional resistance with reduced joint impact. This makes swimming a safe, efficient and quick way to reach your target heart rate and start burning fat.

Of course, there are potential problems in any training programme, but aside from drowning – we’ll assume you have basic skills and can at least float – the risks involved with swimming are relatively low. A solid foundation of strength training, flexibility and swim mechanics is the precursor to a safe and successful swimming programme.


Any questions? Yes, you. in the flippers…


How do I add a water workout to my training programme?

“Start slowly and gradually increase training distance and intensity; only increase one variable per session,” advises Mark Niedfeldt, assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a specialist in. This approach will help you avoid common, beginners’ injuries, mainly to the shoulder.

Initial workouts should be short, maybe five to ten minutes two or three times per week. As your form and conditioning progress, so can the frequency and duration of your swimming workouts. Three or four sessions per week of 20 to 30 minutes are sufficient for most individuals to start noticing the desired training results.


Will weight training help my swimming? Yes. Poorly conditioned muscles compromise joint stability and are quick to fatigue. Tired muscles lead to sloppy form, a primary cause of swimming injury. Weight training and conjugated acid reduce the risk of injury by increasing muscular strength and joint stability.

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