Swimming is a simple exercise that anyone can do. Its low impact and it can burn calories and build muscle all at the same time. And the best part is you don’t even know your exercising because it’s so fun to do.
By nature swimming is a cardiovascular activity. That means it will help you burn the fat right off of your body. What most people don’t realize is how much resistance water gives you. While you feel weightless in the water, truth is you are not. So every move you make does burn calories and builds muscle.
Of course, the calories burned are not as much as with other types of cardio and aerobic exercise because of the buoyancy of the water, but, when you swim fast and do laps back and forth across the pool it is a great workout. It’s also great for fitness beginners because it is so low impact in nature.
The number of calories that can be burned with swimming depends on the pace and intensity of the workout and also your current weight.
Someone walking in the pool is not going to burn as many calories as some actually swimming. Longer, more intense workouts will, of course, burn more calories. The average person weighing 150 pounds can burn over 400 calories in one 60 minute swimming workout.
Benefits Of Swimming
We have already said swimming can help you burn fat and build muscle. But, those aren’t the only benefits associated with swimming, here are three more great benefits.
Benefit #1 – It Can Improve Your Cholesterol
There are two types of cholesterol. The good cholesterol, known as HDL, and the bad chol