Swimming is a great summer workout that can help keep you cool on hot days, tone every part of your body and burn calories quickly. You also use your brain to coordinate the movements of your arms and legs and have to remember to breathe. This makes swimming one of the most complex sports out there. Swimming is a great workout but it is also easy on your joints, which makes it the perfect workout if you’ve had an injury. Here are some of the best swimming moves that burn calories fast and some non-swimming exercises you can do in the pool, lake or ocean:
- First, warmup. Whether you are an expert swimmer or a beginner, a good warmup is needed. Swim a few easy laps around the pool for about 5-10 minutes. Make sure to breathe properly by breathing in through your mouth and exhaling steadily through your nose when your face is in the water. Never hold your breath or you could become lightheaded.
- Start your swimming workout by kicking your legs for 5-10 minutes. Some pools have kickboards or you can just extend your arms and kick your back. This can help if you’ve had an ankle injury.
- You can also work your abs by doing crunches in the pool by bringing your legs up to your abdomen as you float in the water. Do this for 5-10 minutes.
- Next, work on your cardio by swimming the length of the pool a few times as fast as you can. Take breaks whenever needed. This is great for burning calories.
- Try these two classic moves: the backstroke and the breaststroke. When doing the backstroke swim laying on your back and remember to keep your eyes looking up. When doing the breaststroke, reach your arms overhead and put your palms together and then pull down so your hands are level with your chin. Bring your hands to your chest and reach again. Kick your legs back like a frog when you extend your arms forward again. This is a classic move that can take some practice though.
- Don’t forget to cool down. Even though you are in the water doesn’t mean you aren’t working hard and sweating. You need to slow down your pace gradually to cool down and then stretch your muscles after you get out of the pool.
Do you swim as your workout in the summer? What is your favorite swimming exercise? Do you find it burns calories fast? Share with us!