Swim To Lose Weight

I want to swim to lose weight. How can it help me? Am now 30 years of age and my stomach/belly is developing big. I would like to embark on swimming as a means of preventing this problem.


Swimming is an excellent form of exercise! If you are a non-swimmer I recommend you contact your local swimming school and enrol in some lessons.

If you can swim I recommend that you try a new swimming stroke. Swimming is easy to 'take it easy' and if you swim the same stroke all the time, after a while you will not burn so many calories. You have to take yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself for you swimming and therefore weight loss to be effective.

However, please remember that weight loss is most effective with a carefully controlled diet and varied forms of exercise. Swimming is one of the most effective forms of exercise.

If you have any medical conditions or have never exercised regularly before, it is best to consult your doctor or medical practitioner before you start.

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Lose Weight Swimming Breaststroke


I swim breaststroke pretty well. I want to know how I can utilize it get maximum exercise so that I swim to tone up and lose weight. Is minimum strokes to go from one end to the other better or the more number of times I do the stroke, the better? I can manage to do both but the latter gets me tired sooner. I can manage to go from one end to the other in 3 strokes itself, but if I do the regular one stroke after the other with timed breathing it takes me 10-12 strokes.

If your main aim is to tone up and lose weight then we are talking about working your muscles and burning calories.

If you swim from one end of the pool to the other using the minimum number of strokes possible then you are not working your muscles hard enough to tone them up or to burn enough calories to lose weight.

Swimming the length of the pool using more strokes, burns more calories and tones your muscles and this is immediately evident in the fact that you get tired. Unfortunately when it comes to exercise and weight loss the old saying goes, it is pain to gain! It is therefore very important that you swim out of your comfort zone.

The biggest and most common mistake people make when it comes to exercise in general is that they do the same routine for too long. This then results in the body becoming used to the exercise and therefore it is no longer a challenge. Fitness and weight loss then plateaus and then people tend to give up.

Have you ever tried swimming a different stroke, maybe front crawl or backstroke? That would definitely take you out of your comfort zone and burn some serious calories. You don’t have to swim continuous lengths of a different stroke, just swim one length of front crawl for example for every 4 lengths of breaststroke.

That would be just enough to make you work harder and in a different way to how you exercise usually. The result: increased muscle tone and decrease body fat percentage. Just don’t fall into the trap of doing the same routine for too long.

When it becomes manageable then change it so that it becomes a challenge again and your results will continue to come.

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