A Basic Guide to Swimming
Swimming is a very simple, yet effective form of exercise. You don’t need some special equipment in order to swim and you can do this during the entire year and in return, your body will get a complete workout. Thanks to the effects it has on the cardiovascular system and the ability to stimulate muscle growth, swimming is perfect for health and fitness. Summer is usually the period of the year when people are encouraged to swim and many indoor swimming pools are available out of season.
The feeling of freshness that swimming provides is amazing and this is something that you cannot experience with any other sport. It is also amazing how sore your body will feel the next day after 20 minutes of swimming (after long period of physical inactivity).
You have probably noticed that swimmers have elongated physiognomy with broad shoulders and narrow waist. It is interesting that this is actually an illusion. Swimming sculpts the body by pulling the shoulders back and developing back muscles in order to allow efficient movement through the water. All these things give us a sense that the body tapered down. The feeling that the water is leading you is extremely relaxing and refreshing.
How to start swimming?
First of all you need to find a local pool (in a gym or some dedicated facility). The next thing that you should do is to learn the essence of correct swimming techniques. Many people will that they already know how to swim, but if this is not the case it is highly recommended to hire a swimming coach or visit the pool with some of your friends who are experienced swimmers in order to learn the basic swimming techniques such as breaststroke and freestyle stroke.
When you first start to swim it is good to set certain period of time like 15 or 20 minutes. However, the problem is that this activity will soon become boring. Instead of counting seconds and minutes it is good count the circles and separate these circles in different styles. For example, swim five circles using breaststroke style take a small brake and continue with freestyle stroke.
This type of training should last for about 20 minutes in a pool with a standard size (like the ones found in gyms) while in the case of an Olympic pool you should perform 50% less. Keep a pace to the extent that makes you feel good. One of the greatest advantages of swimming is that you will automatically move in different speeds. Use the advantage of good condition and give your best. Condition is the key to producing maximum benefit from swimming; by taking big and powerful strokes you will the resistance that water provides. Condition does not only help your efficiency and speed, but it also provides excellent exercise for all your muscles.
It is best to swim regularly because it will make you feel better and you will also develop a healthy habit. By swimming three times a week for about 30 minutes and performing some standard exercises like squats, push-ups and similar exercises you will get a perfect body in a really short period of time.