Swimming Fit for Summer

With Spring now upon us, we can start looking forward to the much warmer summer months and outdoor living this season brings.  For some, summer heralds lazy days spent lounging by a pool basking in the sun, sipping on a fruity cocktail; though for most people this idyllic pool scene is replaced with screaming children, cannonball splashes and tears before bedtime.  That said, swimming with your family is a great way to bond, exercise, relax and grow together.

 

If you have a pool of your own, you’ll want to consider a total pool service around about this time of year as this needs to be done some time before you can start using the pool again.  However, not everyone is lucky enough to have their own swimming pool, indeed, it’s a rare privilege for the select few, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy spending time in the pool this summer and getting super fit in the process.

 

Indeed, if you’re looking to get fit for summer, then swimming could very well be the way forward.  In fact, swimming has been scientifically proven to be one of the best forms of exercise as it works all major muscle groups and provides joints such support that it’s a low risk form of exercise even for people that are recovering from injuries such as tendinosis.

 

Did you know that nowadays, swimming doesn’t have to be anywhere near as monotonous as it once was due to the invention of waterproof MP3 players.  Let’s face it swimming laps can be a pretty boring way to exercise when compared to using cardiovascular machines in a gym such as cross trainers and treadmills that nowadays feature a variety of multimedia options including Netflix and Spotify.  Today, however you can take your tunes in the pool with you which is a pretty revolutionary concept.

 

Now, if you want to get swimming fit for summer check out this brief guide into two of the most popular strokes whilst https://speedo.com.au/speedo-fit/swim-programs/starter25 offers some great training workouts for beginners.

 

 

BACKSTROKE

This stroke is a great starting off stroke, as it allows you to breathe normally throughout and is particularly buoyant.  The backstroke can improve your posture by extending your back and shoulder muscles, and is good to counteract the focus on chest contraction in the breaststroke – which could cause people to hunch over a little if overdone.  In fact, doing backstroke can be a great way to manage back pain.

 

You’ll want your body to be as flat as possible with your hips up rather than sunken down into the water; the main challenge is that you’ll be looking up at the ceiling the whole time meaning you’ll need to identify markers that let you know your coming up to the wall.

 

FREESTYLE

This stroke is also known as front crawl.  It’s good for stretching your whole body and you’ll get a particularly good upper body workout in your shoulders, back and arms in addition to your major leg muscles.

 

This stroke requires you to be on your stomach in the water, you’ll pull your body forward with your arms in an alternate fashion, one at a time, pulling deep through the water whilst your legs kick ferociously in a flutter kick style to propel your body forward.

 

In summary, swimming offers a great all over body workout that is safe and effective for all the family.  If you’re looking to get fit for summer, then swimming could very well be the way forward.

 

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