Monday, July 2, 2012

Take your workout to the pool

It’s super hot outside right now which makes it the perfect time of year to get in the pool for your workout. Swimming is a fantastic way to build muscle and burn calories like crazy. Want to know why? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s good for everyone...young, not-as-young, people with joint issues or arthritis, folks recovering from injury, or others who just want to try something new for a change or as a cross training option. Swimming uses all of your major muscle groups including your back, legs, arms, chest and core. In fact, swimming laps for 30 minutes can burn more than 300 calories, and is a great cardiovascular and strength training work.

A few tips before you start swimming for exercise:

1. Have the right equipment. A comfy, stay-put swimsuit and goggles are all you need to get started.

2. Start slow and build up. Swimming can be very challenging for the newbie, so be patient with yourself. Begin with 5-10 minutes and then work up to 30 minutes and more.

3. Breathing is important. Of course it is, right?! But finding a breath rhythm during your swimming is the key to building your stamina.

Like working out with a group? Sign up for a water fitness class at your local pool or gym (try a water boot camp if you want a major challenge). Even playing the pool with your kids can be a great workout. Resistance from the water is also a great way to ease into strength training. So get in the pool and burn some extra calories this week!

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