Swimming has proven to do wonders for the body – but do you need to be the perfect swimmer? It’s been said that swimming is most effective for burning calories, boosting metabolism, and firming all muscles in your body all without the pressure on your joints. Seems like the wonder work-out to me!
Living in the bustling city is always hard to find a decent pool and swimming advice on how to get the best out of your time. The initial costs involved however, unlike some of these fad sports/activities doesn’t require much - a simple swim suit, hat and goggles and you’re away.
Magueritte O Malley, personal trainer & swimming instructor at TLC in Dublin 2says ‘An easy swim can make you burn around 500 calories an hour; it’s easy to achieve a higher level of course, based on how vigorous you are with your exercises. “Water is much denser than air, each kick, push, and pull is like a mini resistance workout for your entire body— especially your core, hips, arms, shoulders, and glutes”
Swimming pools tend to have a higher level of moisture in the air. This is particularly beneficial for breathing. Studies have shown that asthma sufferers can improve their symptoms, even up to a year after a swimmer has stopped their swimming routine. Even if this is not the case for you, swimming can also help increase your lung volume and force you to learn proper breathing techniques.
Swimmers are also said to be happier exercisers as it boosts endorphins that increase feelings of wellbeing, more so than a general gym work out. No need to feel judged by fellow fitness fanatics, swimming lets you focus on you and your exercises whilst enjoying the relaxing sound of the water.
All in all Swimming not only helps with general physical fitness, but it offers other benefits such as muscle toning, breath control, and meditative qualities.
Check out our Swim Memberships, Aqua Aerobics and Swimming Lessons at TLC at The Camden Court Hotel in Dublin 2. Our dedicated personal trainers are more than happy to tailor a package that suits you. Swim your way to a healthier fitter you!