There is nothing like a dip in the swimming pool to get you feeling energised and summery. However, whilst the UK is not renowned for its weather, at your Vital Health and Wellbeing Club we do have a heated indoor swimming pool which makes your favourite pastime far more pleasant!
If you already enjoy swimming, or it is an activity you are keen to start, then you will be pleased to hear that it is a fantastic way to get fit and to tone almost every muscle in your body. And because swimming uses almost every muscle in your body it means that your heart and lungs have to work that bit harder to supply them all with the oxygen they require.
Any form of exercise which makes you breathe heavier is extremely good for you as it means your body is working hard. As your heart and lungs become stronger you will find that you can swim for longer before tiring. This means that swimming is an excellent cardiovascular and all-over body workout.
Swimming is the perfect choice if you want to get fit, increase your fitness and stamina levels, lose weight and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Furthermore, because swimming is not a weight bearing form of exercise, it is suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. And with a variety of strokes to choose from, including breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, you can tailor your swimming workout to suit your requirements.
One hour of swimming at a moderate, but concentrated, pace will burn in the region of 500 to 600 calories. So it is absolutely ideal if you are looking for a form of physical activity which will help you to both lose weight and tone up all at the same time. And because your body is supported by the water, the risk of injury or strain is minimised.
As with all forms of exercise, swimming regularly is absolutely amazing for your overall body, health, mind and wellbeing. Not only can it help to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, but it can also help to improve feelings of depression, stress and anxiety. Plus, the big benefits of exercise include helping to prevent against stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and other chronic diseases.
To see the body benefits you are seeking, it is important that you make swimming a regular part of your weekly routine. It is proven that exercising early in the morning can really help to boost your mood for the day, as well as your levels of productivity or motivation. Enjoying a swim in the evening is also an excellent way to unwind after a stressful day. Furthermore, swimming with a friend will definitely help you to remain motivated. It is scientifically recognised that exercising with a fitness buddy will make you work harder and become more committed.
If you are looking for a way to add interest to your swimming sessions whilst mixing up your workouts, then why not try some aqua aerobics inspired exercises. There are plenty of refreshing benefits associated with working out in water, and you will also enjoy some impressive calorie burning credentials too. That’s because the resistance of the water means you will burn nearly 30% more calories compared with doing the same workout on dry land! So how about doing some squats, lunges and star jumps, as well as treading water… it’s hard work but good fun.
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From FREE health club trials to impressive membership deals and great gifts when you refer a friend… Good things definitely come to those who get active! Find out more by visiting the Vital Health and Wellbeing website, or asking at reception for further information.