Swimming and Weight Loss: Lose Fat in the Pool

Aqua FitnessTrying to lose weight? You have a variety of exercises and diets that you can choose from. However, if you may want to do something that is low impact and fun, consider diving into the pool. Swimming is a great way for you to get the exercise you need and to transform your body.  Here’s more information on getting started.

Swimming burns a lot of calories. That’s a simple fact. Adults who swim as their way of exercising can burn up to 500 calories for every hour that they are in the pool, swimming, moving, doing water-aerobics, even the simple act of staying afloat. Water is nearly 800 times denser than air.  The resistance created by propelling your body through water is especially beneficial to your core, hips, arms, shoulders, and glutes. So in addition to blasting calories as you swim, you build lean muscle, which ignites your metabolism so that you burn more calories once you've showered and dried off.

Propelling your body through water is strenuous for your muscles, without being hard on your joints. Remember, with swimming, your whole body is in the water. You are giving your heart and lungs a thorough work out, while stretching and challenging every muscle in your body. Because your heart and lungs need to  work differently than an ‘on land’ workout requires, it’s important to start out with an easy workout.

Getting Started with a Swim Routine
If you are out of shape or over weight, swimming is something you will need to ease into. In fact, even athletes trained in other sports will find that swimming require building a new set of skills. Don’t get discouraged because you may be out of breath at first! Your lungs are used to breathing in-and-out consistently.  Beginning swimming is much more about training your lungs than burning fat and gaining muscle.  It may take a few workouts, maybe even a few weeks, before you’ll be able to keep a steady pace.

To begin, challenge yourself to 4 lengths of the pool.  Swim one length and then rest for 10 seconds if needed.  Swim the next length.  Repeat until you’ve reached 4 full lengths of the pool.  Rest for 30 seconds.  Evaluate.  Feeling okay? Time to do 4 more lengths. Feel discouraged because you are completely worn out? Cheer up!  Keeping to a 2-3 workout per week schedule will have you steadily swimming laps in just a few short weeks.  We’ve all been beginners at something sometime.  Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Persistence and determination will win out every time.

Water Aerobics and Aqua Fitness
Water aerobics and other water-themed exercise programs can really help someone get into the best shape of their life.  If this is something that you’ve considered trying, sign up for a class with your local pool or fitness club.  More than likely, they will have some water aerobic gear to borrow for your first class. When you discover just how fun and health beneficial water aerobics can be, look into investing in your own waist belt, kick board, aqua gloves, and other water aerobic/aqua fitness gear.

Remember: slow and steady wins the race.  Burning fat, gaining flexibility, and building lean muscle mass in the pool are in reach for every age group and skill level.  Visit our online store, or stop by Seal Sports.  We’ll help you ease into swimming and aqua fitness at whatever level you begin.