Butterfly Swimming for Weight Loss
Swimming is a form of recreation that has incredibly beneficial impact on health. With the help of this water sport, people can improve their aerobic physical activity and strengthen all the muscles at the same time.
The resistance of water, which is between ten and fifteen times greater than air resistance, additionally increases the effect of swimming and strengthens the muscles (a form of weight training). It also, strengthens the cardiovascular system, balances blood pressure, increases lung capacity, improves the oxygen supply in the tissues and deepens breathing. In addition, it has a positive effect on the joints, increases their flexibility and mobility and provides positive effects when it comes to movement coordination.
Recreational swimming relaxes, reduces stress and anxiety levels. Swimming strengthens the muscles of the whole body – back, chest, arms, shoulders, legs and buttocks, improves the endurance and stamina.
If there is no health obstacle, it is best to combine all styles of swimming because in this way we can achieve the best effect and evenly develop all the muscles of the body. If the goal is to develop greater strength in the shoulders, legs and back, experts recommend butterfly swimming technique. When it comes to strength, this style is the most difficult because it is necessary to synch movement and breathing. If you swim at faster pace, freestyle is recommend in case you want to get aerobic effects. Breaststroke swimming technique is slower and requires more power in the arms and legs. In cases of disease located in the cervical spine, you should be very careful and choose backstroke style because backstroke style doesn’t put pressure on the spine. So, if you are suffering from back pain, poor posture, deformities or similar conditions choose backstroke.
Swimming leads to elimination of considerable amount of calories. One-hour swimming class of freestyle swimming burns up to 700 calories, breaststroke up to 750 while butterfly up to 800 calories!
In order to get the best results, it is recommended daily swimming for about half an hour. If this is not possible, you can swim for at least three times a week (for 30 minutes) and you’ll get similar results. If there are difficulties that make continuous swimming impossible, the recommendation is to start with shorter duration and then gradually extend the time spent in the water.
If you are planning to start swimming, there are some basic guidelines that you should take into consideration. It is important to swim in water that is not very cold especially in cases of acute inflammatory conditions of joints, muscles or nerve injuries. Water in pools is treated with chlorine and people who have certain health problems (allergies, sensitive skin, and respiratory problems) should be careful. One should not swim after a heavy meal, but you should also not swim when you are hungry because of the danger of low blood pressure. People suffering from epilepsy, especially if this condition is not treated with therapies, must be very careful and they should swim together with some experienced swimmer.