I want to swim to lose weight. How can it help me? I am now 30 years of age, and my stomach/belly is developing big. I want to embark on swimming to prevent 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 trying a new swimming stroke. Swimming is easy to 'take it easy', and if you swim the same stroke all the time, you will not burn so many calories after a while. You must take yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself for your 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.
I swim breaststroke pretty well. I want to know how I can utilize it to 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 are the more times I do the stroke, the better? I can do both, but the latter gets me tired sooner. I can go from one end to the other in 3 strokes, 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, 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, you are not working your muscles hard enough to tone them up or 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 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 take you out of your comfort zone and burn some serious calories. You don’t have to swim continuous lengths of a different stroke, swim one length of front crawl, for every four lengths of breaststroke.
That would be just enough to make you work harder and in a different way from how you usually exercise. 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.