Swim your way to a fitter, healthier you!

Swimming is a great way to stay fit and healthy. It helps to keep you in shape, improve your stamina, muscular strength and endurance. It is a low impact form of exercise making it perfect for rehabilitation from injury or as an alternative for those with injury restrictions. This means that swimming is one of the few exercises that can be continued on throughout life, you’re never too old to swim and it is never too late to start. If you are still yet to learn and a little apprehensive then a few swimming lessons should get you up and running.

For those already able to swim you may, like me, have been guilty at times of just jumping in the pool, swimming x amount of lengths intermittently and then jumping out. It’s obviously far better than doing nothing at all but there is a lot more to swimming than meets the eye and a lot more to gain from it. Treat it like any other exercise you do, with variety, drills and intervals. Have a session plan, track your progress and enjoy the results.

As a beginner you will face many challenges in learning how to swim; getting used to the water, learning the actions of the stroke, learning how to breathe and getting over the fear of being out of your depth. However, once you master all of these you will wonder why you didn’t start sooner.

The articles on this blog will hopefully not only help those who are already swimming to get much more out of their training but also encourage everyone else to get in to the pool too.

Interesting facts;

  • Waters buoyancy makes swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation, or for anyone seeking low-impact exercise.
  • There is less stress on the bones and joints whilst swimming than in other sports.
  • Swimming helps to reduce the stiffness and discomfort of arthritic joints.
  • Swimming works out all of the body’s major muscles whilst strengthening the lungs and heart.
  • An hour of vigorous swimming can burn up to 650 calories.

Olympic facts;

  • The Olympics holds 17 different swimming events.
  • The slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breaststroke.
  • The fastest Olympic swim stroke is the crawl/freestyle.
  • Most world-class swimmers train for 4-5 hours a day 5-7 days a week, not including their weight training and flexibility sessions.
  • The Olympics are swum in a 50m pool. Most leisure centres provide a 25m pool.

I hope you find the blogs all of use. Good luck!

Hannah Payne
About the author

Hannah developed a passion for fitness from a very young age which led her to compete in a wide range of sports including netball and athletics, where she trained and competed for several years. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 with a Degree in Health, Exercise & Nutrition, during which she gained experience in the fitness testing of elite athletes including Cyclists and Triathletes.

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