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Swimming is healthy!

Swimming is one of the healthiest sports. The water carries the body which means that very little strain is put on the joints. In addition, swimming exercises almost all of the skeletal muscles. Swimming is a sport that is ideally suited for increasing endurance. It is also a sport that is easy on the joints. Furthermore, swimming burns a lot of calories; depending on the speed 500 to 650 kcal/hour.

It is best to do more than just one type of stroke.

Swimming Technique

  • Always breathe out under water!


Gear for swimming

Do you have goggles? Swimming with goggles is much more relaxing for the back. Commonly observed "cultural swimming" (head always above water) strains the back. Goggles are not expensive and they also make swimming much more enjoyable. Make sure to buy goggles that have a good fit. When adjusting the goggles, you should feel a slight suction around the eyes, which in turn should not be too strong. A tip for those who are short or long sighted:
goggles are also available with corrective lenses. Ask for advice in a good sport shop. The investment is worthwhile especially for very short sighted people.

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Complete Conditioning for Swimming (Complete Conditioning for Sports Series), David Salo, Scott Riewald

Swimming: Training

Starting training is very easy: After a 10 minute warm-up you can start training.

Swim one length of the pool fast and then two lengths at a normal speed. In the first half hour change the speed regularly. If you need to take a break, have a quick rest at the side of the pool.

In the last half hour swim calmly at a constant pace.

This method of training will help you to improve your condition and burn fat at the same time.

If there is a whirlpool in the swimming complex then you should spend the last few minutes there relaxing your muscles.

Does swimming make you fat?

You have probably read it somewhere in a magazine. Fat is lost during swimming but it is stored under the skin to keep the body warm. This has been scientifically proven in studies with competitive swimmers. Competitive swimmers usually have a little more body fat than other competitive athletes. Do not worry: this only applies to competitive swimmers who spend several hours everyday in the cold water and not to sport in general.

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Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier, Terry Laughlin

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