Swimming’s super eight: women
Life is busy and we know heading to the pool isn’t always top of the list of your priorities. So we came up with a ‘super’ eight reasons why every woman should have swimming in their lives.
1. Time Effective
Half an hour of swimming is the equivalent of 45-60 mins of a land-based cardio workout because of the pressure of the hydrostatic environment - the body being enveloped in water is working against a greater pressure than just air.
2. Weight Loss
Steady and continuous swimming can burn 250-400 calories per hour (dependent on intensity) so is a great way to maintain or lose weight/body fat levels. It's also great for boosting your metabolism and subsequently burning body fat.
The properties of water have two key aspects to health improvement, pressure and resistance, which work on the body at all times. Studies have shown that taking part in regular resistance exercise actively stimulates the body’s metabolism and hormonal system that secrete chemicals that actually attempt to reverse the ageing process. The pressure from the water also acts to increase the intensity of your workout by making you work and breathe harder.
4. Helps firm the bust
The hydrostatic-based environment demands a greater emphasis on breathing which leads to improved intercostal (muscles between the ribs) and pectoral muscle strengthening which firms the bust.
5. Great for pregnancy
Low intensity swimming allows pregnant women an environment where it suspends the body and eliminates high impact forces, allowing you to spend longer exercising and with more frequency. It also lowers the risk of developing over-use injuries.
Exercise in water develops a psychological
sense of well being due to the fun element
of the environment coupled with the
‘hormonal high’ from enjoying water
7. Tones muscles, doesn't build them
Because swimming is resistance-based, it
will not create any major hypertrophy (i.e. it
will not significantly increase muscle size)
but will significantly burn body fat and help
develop a lean body (coupled with the
8. Gives an all over workout
Swimming works many muscles all at once – no need for ten different exercise machines in the gym. Not only does it tone key areas such as the arms and legs but it also forces muscles that are not required as often to come into action e.g. shoulder muscles (remember the wider your shoulders the thinner your waist looks!), abdominals (shedding belly fat) and also core stabiliser muscles for all-round body toning. Swimming is also great for flexibility, suppleness and mobility because the body’s ability to carry out specific movements is enhanced in the water.
- Our 30 minute swimming guide tells you exactly why half an hour in the pool will change your life.
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