Can Swimming Laps Add Years to Your Life?
As is most often the case in January, people are searching the internet looking for ideas to help lose weight, exercise more and maintain a healthier lifestyle. For those who own a pool, you might be missing out on a wonderful form of exercise that you had not considered – especially if you built the pool with relaxing afternoons in mind. Depending on the type and shape of pool you have, swimming laps at hope may be a viable option for your fitness routine in 2013.
As a highly aerobic form of exercise, swimming laps offers a low impact workout that eliminates many of the problems associated with walking and running, including a reduction of straining the lower joints. Swimming is considered a lifetime sport in that it can be performed at nearly any age; after all just visit a local health club pool and you’ll see everyone from young kids to active seniors swimming laps at their own pace. As a healthy activity, the benefits achieved through swimming makes it worth the effort of doing it often.
Swimming as Resistance Training
Swimming laps on a consistent basis works nearly every muscle group in the body. The laps can help develop general strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Other than increasing bone density (which requires weight-bearing exercise) lap swimming can increase heart rate without generating impact or stress on the body. With the necessity to pull and push through the water, your muscles get a thorough workout through resistance. It helps tone the shoulders, triceps, abdominal muscles, the lower body and back.
Cross Training Benefits
Swimming laps on a regular basis will build endurance. By varying lap swimming routines you can cross train in the pool. Many people receive benefits of swimming laps after a land workout by providing the ultimate cool down. Swimming helps to move blood through muscles which helps them recover. Swimming allows the individual to use a variety of typically dormant muscles, especially those in the upper body.
Strengthening the Lungs
Many individuals that suffer from asthma and other respiratory conditions swim laps because it strengthens their lungs. The breath required when swimming forces the lungs to become healthier and stronger.
Swimming laps will definitely burn calories! For instance, a woman weighing 150 pounds that is exercising at a moderate swim for only 30 minutes will typically burn over 200 calories. During a vigorous swim, she can burn nearly 350 calories in the same 30 minutes. The most ideal swimming strokes to burn calories and tone the body include the breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle.
An Addictive Exercise
Once you begin swimming laps on a routine basis, many people quickly become hooked as one of the benefits received by swimming laps is the craving to continue moving in the water.
Because swimming laps exercises the entire body, and helps develop endurance and muscle strength you can add significant years to your life. Your cardiovascular system improves because your body takes in more oxygen without causing your heart to overwork. Lap swimming improves your flexibility and posture, with a low risk of injury.
If exercise is important to you, ask one of our swimming pool designers to show you shapes and designs that will easily facilitate a more active use of your new pool while you are in the design phase.