Fitness Feature: Swimming

Posted on Mar 22 2017 - 3:00pm by Samantha Clark
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Swimming is one of those activities that I have to psych myself up into doing but once I’m in the pool it’s usually pretty satisfying. But through my research I’m pretty sure that any of my excuses will be outweighed by the mega benefits- especially as I’ve sorted the whole, managing my hair after issue.

Swimming as it turns out is a great all-rounder form of exercise. Whatever your favourite stroke, swimming will give you a full body workout. It’ll also help improve your metabolic rate which is one of the most effective ways to shed body fat, burn calories and improve your mental health by reducing your stress and anxiety. As an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise it’ll improve heart rate and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. What’s more, you know that feeling you get in the water where you feel your strongest? That’s because water can support up to 90% of your body weight so it’s a form of exercise that will reduce the risk of injury too and help in rehabilitation if you’re already contending with a sprain or other injury (of course seek advice first!).

Overall then swimming is a super form of exercise health wise and with the water acting like a coolant we don’t get that gross sweaty feeling we get from a regular gym visit. What’s more we can team this with catching up with our friends, quality time with our partners (nothing like bonding over fitness) or even sign up to a class to meet new people.

Nothing will hold you back from reaching your health goals in this area!

Handy Resources

We love the Swimming.org for all things swimming. They’ve some top advice when it comes to swimming in the open water for those of you that are feeling a little more adventurous, a calories cruncher which will tell you the amount of calories you’ll burn per stroke and how this compares to other forms of exercise, some advice on combining swim and gym to help improve tone and some dietary suggestions. It has a wealth of information whether you’re already an avid swimmer, someone who solely takes part in other exercise programmes and looking to introduce swimming as an added/optional routine or even if you’re a complete beginner. This is definitely a site to bookmark or even download their app!

The Kit:

Swimming kit

Protect your hair when you’re in the water with a swimming cap. This silicone cap is even said to leave your hair crease free and is ideal for those of us with longer hair.

For those that would prefer not to wear a cap, Kérastase Soleil Aqua-Seal offers a waterproof and sun protection so will become your best friend during the summer months and holidays not just swimming days.

We love this versatile gym bag from Sweaty Betty- the bottom compartment is ideal for your wet kit with many different compartments in the main aspect to secure your valuables and give you easy aspect to the things you need when wet.

Zoggs have a range of costumes that are super flattering called swimshapes. They’re also really comfortable and you’re not restricted on style so if you’re prefer something a little more sexy for your holidays, a more elaborate design, or even something with a higher neck, their range is really lovely.

The Fitbit Flex 2 is your ideal waterproof fitness tracker– it will track all your movement in the water including calories burned and distance taken; it’s cheaper than most of its counterparts too!

These goggles from Speedo are said to be revolutionary in fit, comfort and leak-resistance.

For those of you that have a preference for front crawl or butterfly, we’d recommend investing in a nose clip and earplugs to protect your sense of smell and hearing.

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