Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe0
The biggest barrier with swimming isn’t the actual exercise itself, but the thought of having all that flesh exposed with just a flimsy piece of stretchy fabric between you and the world! But it’s worth biting the bullet and disrobing, as this is such an effective form of exercise, especially if you need to lose weight.
The good news is that other people are too busy worrying about what they look like to care much about you! If they are less than happy with their own physique, that’s where they will be focusing their own minds. And if they are stunning? Then they are either worrying just as much because in their heads because they’re not confident about their appearance. Or, if they are aware that they look good, they’ll be preoccupied checking out the opposition and the opposite sex!
So, as swimming is a great form of all-round exercise, whatever your age or ability and is a safe and effective form of exercise for almost everyone, And because it’s one of the best forms of exercise if you are overweight or obese. Supported by water, you can still get an aerobic workout without putting your joints at risk.
But if you are worried about an existing health condition, see your GP before you start.
Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can improve mood and keep weight under control.
Plus it’s a skill that could even save a life!
So, if you can’t swim, it’s never too late to learn.
The swimming pool makes a great playground and a great gym, even for non-swimmers, as you can still do exercise in water such as aquarobics.
However, learning to swim would be good too as it makes a swimming pool more fun.
Most pools offer adult-only beginners’ lessons, which focus on building water confidence or improving your stroke if you can already swim.
Wearing a pair of goggles is a good idea to avoid the chlorine in the water stinging your eyes and also to see where you’re going underwater.
If you can already swim, the different strokes vary considerably in their physical intensity. From the wimpy ladies breast stroke keeping the head above water, breast stroke swum correctly, front and back crawl and my personal nemesis: butterfly!
To make sure that you are getting the most out of your water weight loss workout, a couple of swimming lessons to check you are doing it correctly would help to maximise the benefits.