How does it work?
Swimming is a great form of exercise for those who don’t want to invest in lots of expensive equipment. Forget fancy gadgets - all you need in order to start doing some lengths in a public pool is a swimming costume, some goggles and a good dose of motivation.
Of course, it also helps to know the strokes when you take to the water. Different strokes burn different amounts of energy and work different muscle groups. Breaststroke is a fantastic form of aerobic exercise and can help you to lose weight – burning as much as 700 calories an hour. Butterfly is a brilliant way to tone your shoulders and arms, and backstroke will work wonders for your legs. Whatever stroke floats your boat, you’ll find that swimming regularly will reduce your blood pressure, increase your flexibility, help you to destress and improve your stamina. What’s not to love?
Is it for me?
A session of swimming can burn off as much fat as a jog or power walk – and it also has the advantage that it is low-impact, making it kinder on bones and joints. As it places so little strain on the body, going for a swim is a great way to start exercising again after an injury, as well as for pregnant and obese people to keep fit.
Good to know
Swimming has been a part of the modern Olympic Games since they first began back in 1896.