Watch any swimming competition consisting of serious competitors and you’ll notice a few things. Of those things, will be the condition of the athletes, especially the professionals. They are fit and muscular, from the core, to the arms and legs. Swimming is an amazing exercise, whether one practices it professionally or not, it should be considered in any healthy living agenda. There are copious amounts of benefits of swimming, and it is an easy thing to do, while not being tough on the joints of the body. Certain exercises may be preferred over others, but one can’t deny the greatness of swimming.
It is important to sprinkle in different strokes into your weekly swimming routines. This will not only make your exercises less stale, but work different muscles. Push through the dense water with the backstroke. Make sure to be on your back with the eyes looking vertical and towards the ceiling of your fitness center, or the great sky above. To try and build endurance, start at about 600 yards when you just start and gradually build endurance from there. And if you are unable to do that, do as many laps as you can, taking breaks if necessary. The key is to exercise and get fit, not strain yourself by exerting yourself at an unhealthy level. Lay back and go for some laps using the backstroke, going in different intervals as you get better at the swimming position. The backstroke, like most swimming techniques, uses a wide variety of muscles all throughout the body, including the hamstrings and quadriceps in the legs and the biceps and triceps in the arms.
The breaststroke is another fantastic stroke to get you swimming laps in the pool. Most of the major muscle groups are used in completing the breaststroke and it requires coordination. Start in the water with your legs and arms fully extended. Bend the knees and raise the hips a bit, while moving your arms back and to the side.
Another great swimming exercise is the basic freestyle form. It is simply done by kicking the legs and moving the arms in an overhead forward motion. This is the fastest of the major swimming strokes and can come naturally. All of these work outs will burn several calories, while working the major muscle groups in the body without having a harmful impact on the joints.