Swimming is a fun fitness activity for women that burns a magnitude of calories, is easy on the joints, supports your weight, builds muscular strength and endurance, and improves cardiovascular fitness.
In the summer nothing cools you off and gives you that refreshing feeling like a dip in the pool, lake, pond, river or ocean. Best of all, swimming is an activity that you can learn at a young age and continue through your golden years.
Swimming will build your strength and endurance. The longer you swim the stronger and faster you will become. You’ll not only swim faster but you’ll perform other activities more effectively, too.
• Swimming stimulates circulation
• Swimming promotes proper breathing
• Swimming helps to combat the aging process
People have been swimming for thousands of years. It has been reported that the Romans built bathhouses and pools in the lands that they conquered to serve as social and exercise clubs.
Today swimming has become the second most popular exercise activity in the United States. Millions of Americans swim for exercise. Swim clubs, recreation centers, Y’s, and many other facilities feature swimming pools and now many high schools and colleges have competitive swim teams. One of my favorite Olympic sports is swimming, especially when America wins the “Gold.”
For weight loss and fitness, swimming really kicks up a big splash. I’ve charted the calorie burning benefits for the different swimming strokes so you can get the most out of your water sport. All of these calorie counts are based on continuous swimming for one hour.
Swimming laps, freestyle, fast, vigorous effort burns 590-863 calories
Swimming laps, freestyle, light/moderate effort burns 472-690 calories
Swimming, backstroke, general burns 472-690 calories
Swimming, breaststroke, general burns 590-863 calories
Swimming, butterfly, general burns 649-963 calories
Swimming, leisurely, general burns 354-518 calories
Swimming, sidestroke, general burns 472-690 calories
Swimming, synchronized burns 472-690 calories
Swimming, treading water, fast/vigorous burns 590-863 calories
Swimming, treading water, moderate effort burns 236-345 calories
So what are you waiting for? Pull on your swimsuit, grab a towel, and head to the nearest swimming hole.
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