Let’s talk about how to burn fat with swimming. There’s no doubt about it; swimming is good fun for all ages, sizes and fitness levels. What’s better than a form of exercise that you also enjoy? Slogging it out at the gym may bear fruit, but not many people can say that they truly enjoy running on a treadmill, lifting weights or waving their limbs around on a cross trainer. But while having fun is extremely important for sticking to an exercise regime many women concentrate too much on the fun and social side of swimming, rather than its raw fat burning potential.
Below we have included four exercises to be used in conjunction with lengths to help you get the most out of your time in the pool with regards to burning fat, losing weight and toning up. All of these exercises have the excellent side effects of increasing endurance, improving your balance, strengthening your body and supporting your joints as you workout! Remember to drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout to stay properly hydrated and work out in chest deep water for the greatest benefit! Check out the Women’s Health website for more information on the fat burning potential of swimming.
To work your whole body move into waist deep water and jog for 1-3 minute, then rest and repeat until you feel a little tired. Move onto a less intense form of exercise such as lengths when you begin to feel tired to keep burning that fat. You will burn more calories jogging in the pool than on land, as you have to work harder against the resistance of the water.
Fly backs are great for working the muscles in the upper chest, arms and back. Start in a lunge position with your left leg stretched out behind you (be sure you don’t over extend) and your right knee bent. Reach your arms out in front of your body with your palms together. Move your arms around to your side (still straight) then back to the middle and feel the resistance of the water as you do so. Repeat with the left leg forward and the right leg back, and do between 10 and 15 repetitions for each leg.
A great one for your legs! Walk or jog backwards (once you know it’s safe!) and lift your knees as high as they will go. Move your arms in a sort of reversed breaststroke to help you move through the water and to give your arms a work out as well. This will tire you out quickly and you might not look very glamorous, but knee ups are great for burning fat!
Another fabulous work out for the legs is the side step. Start at one edge of the pool and step one foot out wide, then pull the other foot to meet it. Do this all the way across the pool and then back again. To work your arms as well they should follow your legs as you step and move together behind your body as your feet meet.
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Happy Swimming – Sarah Bohn