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Whether you’re a seasoned triathlete, hardcore runner, or simply trying to stay in shape, pool based swimming can be a great way to improve your health and fitness, avoid injury, and see those PBs come crashing down!
Swimming is a great option when it comes to an all over body cardiovascular workout, which tones muscles, builds strength, and improves endurance and all without the impact on the bones and joints that comes from other forms of high intensity workout. This makes swimming an excellent choice, not just for swimmers and triathletes, but for people of any age and ability level looking to stay fit.
An average person can burn anything from 450 to a whopping 700 calories in just 1 hour of swimming, and that is not the only reason to don the goggles! Swimming has been found to:
Swimming is a truly all inclusive form of exercise, which is not only suitable for people of all ages, but is also a great option for people recovering from injury and can be a beneficial and rewarding form of exercise during pregnancy (although be sure to consult with a doctor before engaging in any new forms of activity while expecting).
Most pools will offer, both group and individual, lessons for total beginners. These sessions will tend to focus on water confidence and basic technique. However for more advanced swimmers more suitable options may include:
Much like with running or cycling, the best way to get the best results is to keep your training varied. Remember train the same, stay the same. Mixing up your distances, speeds and even stroke work can help to improve technique and speed, reduce injury risk, and keep those consistent results coming. You can also break down your stroke into separate components (i.e kick or pull) to help you focus parts of your session or work on your weakness.
Kit to help you with this may include:
Be aware, rules surrounding the use of addition kit can vary from pool to pool, and dependent on the nature of the session you are participating in.
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