Jean, an Editor at Happy DIY Home, was doing research on swim workouts. The result is a just-published and updated, comprehensive swim workouts guide that they posted on their sister site, Sport Fitness Advisor. In the article, they state that swimming is one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercises and sports to get fit, strong, and toned, and to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. It gives you a full-body workout, where almost every muscle in the body is used, it burns calories, and helps with weight loss and maintenance, and de-stresses and relaxes you.
Swimming is a non-contact and non-weight-bearing sport and supports the body when in the water, as well as has a very low risk of injury. It increases your metabolism, which results in increased energy levels and feeling great overall.
There are different levels of swimming, ranging from swimming for recreation to competitive swimming, all of which require different workouts in the pool to achieve different goals. Depending on your goal, workouts will differ in a range of factors from distance or mileage and time spent in the water to types of drills and sets in the pool and the speed at which they are done.
Swimming for Recreation
Swimming is a great recreational activity for people of all ages. Recreational swimming can provide you with a low-impact workout, keep your body fit and healthy, and it’s a fantastic way to relax, de-stress, and feel good.
Swimming can also be enjoyed at a competitive level. Competitive swimming can range from competing in events in the pool, the open water, and triathlons at all ages and levels. Competitive swimming generally requires training with a coach and working towards specific goals like training to win a 100-meter freestyle event in the pool, taking part in an open water swim in the ocean, or completing your first triathlon.
Get Started: Swimming Workout Tips
You don’t need to be an Olympic hopeful to benefit from a swim workout – anyone can enjoy a great swim workout as long as you’re comfortable in the water and able to swim at least a few consecutive laps.
If you’re not yet comfortable in the water and find yourself struggling to make it from one wall to the other, it’s a good idea to take a few lessons with a certified coach or instructor to help you with the basics and to build confidence and skills you need to swim laps safely. They will also be able to give you technique tips on breathing and stroke, which will form a good base for your swimming.
Coaches aren’t only for those wanting to learn to swim or improve their technique. If you are water-confident and have set a goal to train towards, working with a coach can be invaluable as they will design programs specifically for you and your goal, and encourage and motivate you as you work towards achieving it. The value of a great coach cannot be understated!