Swimming is such a great way to get into shape because it’s one of the only sports that requires you to use every muscle in your body simultaneously. Swimming tackles everything from sculpting your back to toning your arms—all without having to pick up a weight.
It is also a major calorie-burner. An hour of moderate swimming can burn around 500 calories. This revs up your metabolism, continuing the burn well after you’ve stepped off the deck.
There are many different types of swimming exercises or workouts you can do, but for now we’ll just focus on three: swimming laps, synchronized swimming, and water polo.
The most effective way to lose weight would be to swim laps. This is because it works every muscle in your entire body all at once. No other exercise or sport does this. One of the main reasons we can lose weight swimming is because of the natural resistance from water when we are moving through it, which helps the body burn more calories.
Swimming laps is also the fastest and most effective way to burn calories. You can burn 500+ calories per hour.
Swimming laps is a cardiovascularworkout as well, and the calories burned can range between 500 to 630 calories per hour. This, however, depends on how fast you swim and how much you weigh.
Laps are a great way to start working out and getting in shape because you are in control. If you’re a beginner, take your time and work your way up. But no matter if you’re just beginning or you’ve been swimming for years, you will notice the results very quickly. Don’t forget to grab your water and sweat resistant, Underwater Audio waterproof iPod to help motivate you throughout your workout!
The newest rising trend to lose weight in the water-world is synchronized swimming. Synchronized swimming is a terrific alternative to, or supplement for, the standard cardio and swimming workouts.
Synchronized swimming also helps you increase your strength without bulking up. Plyometric exercises feature heavily in any synchronized swimming workout, helping swimmers to develop explosive strength without building bulky muscles.
Many people want to tone up but don’t want to get too bulky or build too much muscle, synchronized swimming is the answer! It’s a great fun way to get into shape and tone up all the while keeping you lean and burning calories!
Many may think water polo is only a sport or a fun game to play in the water. Though it is both of those things, it’s an exceptional way to lose weight and tone up as well. Water polo can benefit you in many different areas.
It vastly increases your endurance. Water polo builds endurance because players swim the equivalent of 4 miles per game. It’s also a great workout for your upper and lower body. It strengthens and tones the arms due to the constant ball tossing, and muscles are strengthened and toned, since the legs have to be in constant motion for the duration of the game. Water polo, much like synchronized swimming, is a great way to tone up without building too much muscle.
And lastly it improves your overall health and burns more calories than any other water related sport. Water polo improves cardiovascular health; and players of this sport burn as much as 700 calories per hour.
And don’t forget water polo is fun! Yes it’s a great way to burn calories and get in shape, but it’s also a fun way to lose weight while playing with your friends!
Whether you choose to swim laps, compete in synchronized swimming, or play water polo to lose weight, you are greatly improving your overall health which is the most important. And don’t forget to have fun no matter which activity you’re participating in!
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