When you consider the main aims of any fitness regime – to lose weight, improve fitness and build muscles – there are few sports that tick all the boxes as emphatically as swimming. On top of all that, swimming provides a full-body workout with minimal risk of injury, which makes it an excellent choice for everyone.
But don’t just take our word for it – we spoke to Sam Mbabazi, a renowned swimming instructor around Kampala to get expert opinion on the benefits of swimming. Take a look at the list below
1. Improve Cardiovascular Fitness
An obvious place to start is that swimming will make you fitter, especially if you do it frequently and get your technique nailed down.
“It’s worth noting that the better your technique is, the more you’re going to get out of swimming in terms of fitness, but the benefits are massive whatever level you’re at,” says Sam.
2. Helps you Build Muscle
Swimming will quickly make muscles all over your body bigger and stronger. According to Sam, “Some people have body types which pack on muscle quicker than others but anyone who chooses to use swimming as way to pack on muscles will have to swim a lot of miles”.
Swimming strengthens muscles from top to bottom quite quickly and helps you work your core and legs as well as your upper body
3. Injuries Are Incredibly Rare
With the water supporting your body weight, swimming is a great way for anyone to work out without putting stress on your joints.
“It’s the only sport which is completely non weight-bearing so it is really hard to injure yourself in the pool. You can pick up shoulder injuries but this also is rare and the injury will be low-grade. I’ve never known any other injuries in the pool, really.”
4. Helps You Lose Weight
Due to the weight-bearing properties of the pool, swimming serves as an excellent way for overweight people to work out without straining their bodies. It might not burn calories quickly as some other, more intense, workouts, but it will get the job done in terms of weight loss.
“If your goal is to lose weight then swimming is going to help because you’re raising your heart rate,” says Sam “I don’t think it’s the sport that will burn the most calories, but when you know how to work out in the pool and your technique gets better, you can push yourself harder.”
5. Improves Flexibility
While swimming won’t stretch you as effectively as yoga, the range of motion involved in swimming lengthens the muscles in a way that can make your joints more flexible and help recovery.
“In the pool you’ve got to be straight – which makes you stretch your entire body, helping you achieve flexibility along the way,” says Sam.
6.Make You Better at Other Sports
If you’re a keen runner, footballer, cyclist or any other kind of athlete, it will do your performance the world of good to add swimming into your routine. As a low-impact exercise that builds fitness and strength, as well as aiding recovery, swimming could have a huge effect on your preferred sport, at elite or amateur level.
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