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A Beginner’s Guide to Swimming Workouts

swimming workoutSwimming is one of the best non-weight bearing activities out there and I totally recommend implementing a swim routine into your workout. It’s a great way to burn an enormous amount of calories all while having a blast in the water. Non-weight bearing refers to no weight or pressure being forced onto the joints, thus great for those with injuries, arthritis, or pain.

Although indoor pools are somewhat hard to come by, they are definitely worth the small cost to use. You may find indoor pools at your local health or fitness club, university, YMCA, or hotel. Before starting your swimming workouts, here are a few things you should know:
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Swim for an Effective Total Body Workout

woman swimmingSwimming is one of the best total body workouts for your body. Swimming, unlike running (for most people), is easy on the joints and can be fun depending on the type of swimming you are doing. Swimming with friends is a great way to enjoy yourself as well as enhance your physical and mental strength and endurance. This is also a great way to change up your workouts from time-to-time.

Research has shown that swimming workouts burn approximately three calories a mile per pound of body weight. One mile is 1,609 meters. So for a 150 pound person, at a 30-minute/mile pace, they would burn around 900 calories. Nine hundred calories in a half hour; it takes an hour on the treadmill at a fast pace to burn 900 calories! Below are a few different swimming workouts that you may want to give a shot!
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How to Achieve the Perfect Workout

There are millions of different exercise and workout theories out there and the key is to find the one that works for you and your body. I’m not going to tell you what to do or how to do it; I’m just going to give you some advice for when you’re organizing your workout.

When you begin your workout you should focus on the larger muscles (chest, back, thighs) first because they require more energy, and then move to the smaller muscles last (biceps, triceps, forearms). By organizing your workouts in this order, you will be able to exercise longer, harder, and correctly develop that great physique.
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