Monday, September 28, 2009

Swimming Aerobics

Swimming is a great exercise to tone the entire body. Swimming also helps to improve posture, muscle strength, flexibility, endurance, and cardiovascular conditioning. It is a great way to exercise in a low impact way. Unlike running, swimming is not as hard on the knees or back because there is not a constant impact.

Swimming works both the upper body and the lower body at the same time. Since you are working so many muscles at one time swimming burns a lot of calories. On average someone who swims burns around three calories per mile, per pound of body weight.

Many people enjoy swimming for exercise during the summer months because they are in the water, and do not have to worry about overheating.

Swimming is also great exercise for women who are pregnant because it allows them to get an all over workout, without adding extra strain. The same can be said for people who suffer from arthritis and lower back and leg problems.

Some things to remember while swimming are:

Stop when you are tired. Do not try to push for too long or you may end us with a cramp, which can be very dangerous in the water.

Be careful where you swim. Different bodies of water have different dangers. Rivers, ponds, and lakes are often full of bacteria which can cause ear infections, along with other problems. Due to this factor you may want to avoid swimming in these areas after heavy rainfalls.

There are several different swimming strokes that may be use to reduce the risk of boredom, and to work different muscle groups.

Swimming is a great way to get in your cardio and stay cool at the same time. If you are considering swimming you may want to invest in a good pair of goggles, and you may even want to get a pair of ear plugs if you plan to swim a lot. Swimming can definitely compliment your P90x workout or your 10 minute trainer workout.

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