Swimming: A Form of All-Muscle Exercise

Swimming: A Form of All-Muscle Exercise

Use some water resistance to burn fat, build muscle or recover from injury, and boost your fitness in no time.

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Swimming delivers no great pressure on your joints that some forms of cardiovascular training do.

Swimming is on a par with cross-country skiing as a form of all-over muscle exercise. While you’ll never be able to ‘bulk-up’ with your waterborn workout, you are able to effectively recruit more muscles than in most sports.

What’s more, swimming delivers no great pressure on your joints that some forms of cardiovascular training do. There are many reasons to use swimming as a key part of your training. The resistance provided by the water improves muscular strength and power, the muscular strength you get improves joint stability and when it comes to burning optimum calories, swimming burns more calories in less time than most activities because of the fact that water is 800-1000 times more dense than air.

Swim-based training has also been discovered to improve metabolism, control body weight and help with sleep patterns and relaxation.

 

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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