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Is swimming a good sport?

A swimming session may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you decide to exercise. After all, you don't really sweat while swimming and you have to look for a swimming pool, a bathing suit or bikini, a swimming cap and swimming goggles, which requires extra planning. But what you really want to know is this:is swimming a good sport?

The answer is:yes! Swimming is a fantastic sport to train your whole body with as little impact on your joints as possible. In addition, swimming also builds muscle endurance and trains your heart and blood vessels. So very effective. Swimming also builds all the right muscles of your body. Have you ever had the perfect body's of Olympic swimmers? This says enough, right? This is partly due to the high number of calories you can burn during a swimming session. Of course, the number of calories you burn depends on how much you weigh, how fast your metabolism works and how hard you work for that perfect swimmer's body. But research shows that swimming for half an hour can burn about 300 calories. Are you already packing your bathing suit?

Getting the best out of your swimming session

It is also important to do the right exercises to get the most out of your swimming session. You can train specific muscle groups with the following exercises:

  • Freestyle:chest, triceps, biceps, forearm, thighs, mid and upper back, and neck
  • Breaststroke:chest, shoulders, thighs and calves
  • Butterfly stroke:chest, shoulders, neck, abs, upper back, lower back, thighs, hamstrings, trapezius
  • Backstroke:middle and upper back, trapezius, thighs and buttocks

Book results with swimming

For best results, you should have covered 1 kilometer in the pool in 30 minutes. If you don't feel like swimming endless laps to get the right distance, you can choose to stick to the following exercises:

  • 4 x 25 meters to warm up
  • 2 x 25m freestyle with 40 seconds rest between each 25m
  • 2 x 25 meters leg stroke of your choice with 1 minute rest between each 25 meters
  • 2 x 25m backstroke with 50 seconds rest between each 25m
  • 2 x 25m breaststroke with leg stroke with 1 minute rest between each 25m
  • 2 x 25 meter leg stroke of your choice
  • 2 x 25 meters to cool down

You can easily combine these exercises within 30 minutes. The more often you do this workout, the better your results!