Keeping fit is everyone’s dream and once in a while you may think about hitting the gym to gain the fitness. However, when you think of the straining and body aches associated with training, you find it difficult to hit the gym. Whether you intend to lose weight, improve your fitness and build those muscles you desire, there is no sport or activity that may offer all these in a single package like swimming does.

Swimming offers a perfect full-body workout with very little chances of injuring yourself, hence making it a perfect choice for fitness training, working out for body conditioning and weight loss.

If you are thinking of starting to swim as form of gaining fitness, here is how swimming will help you boost your fitness.

It Will Improve Your Cardiovascular Fitness

When people talk of fitness, they don’t picture the internal fitness but rather the external fitness. The heart as an organ has muscles that need to be kept fit in one way or the other. Swimming involves holding and releasing your breathe. The process of holding and releasing your breathe strengthens the heart muscles and improve your cardiovascular fitness.

It Builds Muscles All Over the Body.

Swimming, like any other form of exercise is good at building virtually every muscle in your body. Swimming engages the entire body from head to toes and as such can help build the body muscles very fast.

However, for you to be able to build those muscles faster, you will have to make several laps daily in order to significantly change your shape and muscle bulk. Generally, swimming strengthens the muscles and will work your core and legs as well as your upper body.

Swimming Improves Flexibility

Flexibility comes with fitness and one of the advantages of swimming is that it increases flexibility.

While swimming may not make your body stretch in a similar like when doing yoga, the motion range involved in swimming will lengthen your muscles in such a way that it can make you joints more flexible. While swimming, you will have to be flat and stretch your arms when making pulls as well as stretching your legs when kicking.

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It Helps Lose Weight

Gaining fitness with an overweight body is almost impossible and as such one has to cut weight to gain fitness.  Due to the weight properties of the waters, swimming serves as a perfect way for overweight people to work out their bodies without straining so much.

Swimming, like any form of exercise helps burn the excess calories accumulated in the body and as such reduce the body weight significantly. Though it will not burn calories much faster than other forms of exercise that are more intense, it will help reduce the body weight in a much simple way.

More and more people are looking for ways to achieve and maintain a fit and healthy body. People want to burn calories and get the dream bodies, while enjoying their workouts.

Gyms are more popular than ever, but for some people, the strain of lifting weights isn’t the most appealing. Others are looking to spice up their workout routine by adding other types of exercises.

Whatever your fitness goals are, swimming is a great way to work your different muscle groups while minimising the strain on your joints. Swimming has many other benefits, including the following below.

It Will Improve Your Cardiovascular Fitness

For most people, the term fitness is closely associated with the functioning of the heart. Just like any other muscle, the cardiovascular muscles need to be trained and strengthened.

Swimming, which involves regulating your breathing, works this muscle group well. In the long term, swimming makes your heart stronger and healthier. In many ways it is easier to do than running, so you can actually sustain swimming longer and maximize the benefits.

It Builds Muscles All Over the Body

Swimming involves movement of all the major muscle groups. Your arm and leg muscles help you move through the water while your core muscles help you keep your balance. To work these muscles, you will need to do several laps over a set period of time.

Your workout can be modified as such, either by increasing the laps or exercising for a longer period of time. In addition, there are a large variety of motions and strokes you can do in swimming (such as free style, back stroke, butterfly, etc.) which target specific muscles. Depending on your fitness goals, you can design your swimming program accordingly.

Swimming Improves Flexibility

Because of the different types of movement involved in swimming, it is also a great option for improving your overall flexibility. Swimming requires you to stretch your arms and legs while being supported by your core muscles.

While it doesn’t have the same effect as yoga, the range of motion is enough such that you will see improvements in your posture. It also tones your arms and legs to make it easier for you to do other exercises. So while swimming is a good enough workout on its own, combining it with other exercises can actually help to improve your performance in other sports.

It Helps Lose Weight

Swimming is a pretty strenuous workout, so it comes as no surprise that it effectively burns excess calories in a relatively short amount of time. In fact, you can burn as much as 200 calories with just 10 minutes’ worth of swimming (depending on your weight).

You can also make your workout even more effective by adding reps. It also gives you many of the benefits of other cardio workouts without injuring your knees and joints. Because of this, it is a great option for overweight people who may find it difficult to do other exercises like running.