On my previous blogs, I write about Swim 101 and this time I want to share what I learned about swimming and how it became the perfect cross training for your land activities such as running, basketball etc. In running it help me with cardiovascular exercise without too much pounding on my legs so I has fresh legs on race day.
It works for me though I have no running coach in some sort I just read it from Magazines and running web sites. Continue to read and start a healthy and active lifestyle with me!!!
Swimming is good exercise (that’s obvious). Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body and the person! But what is it that makes swimming good, specifically? That depends on what you are trying to carry out.
Swimming is a healthy activity that can be continued for a lifetime, and the health benefits swimming offers for a lifetime are worth the effort it takes to get to the swimming pool. It works practically all the muscles in the body (if you do a variety of strokes). Swimming can develop a swimmer’s general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance. It does not help with bone density – you need a weight bearing exercise for that – but that is about all that is missing from what swimming could do for your fitness.
Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. It can serve as a cross-training element to your regular workouts. Before a dryland workout, you can use the pool for a warm-up session. Swimming with increasing effort to gradually increase your heart rate and stimulate your muscle activity is easily accomplished in the water. After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.
There are other psychological benefit to swimming, if you allow it to occur. Relax and swim with a very low effort. Let your mind wander, focusing on nothing but the rhythm of your stroke. This form of meditation can help you gain a feeling of well-being, leaving your water session refreshed and ready to go on with the rest of your day.
Swimming does exercise almost the entire body – heart, lungs, and muscles – with very little joint strain. It is great for general fitness, just not a great way to drop excess pounds.
To my PH friends, relatives and love ones, I am doing swimming lessons with a friend and he’s my personal swim coach for now. Olympic Size swimming is located Philsports Arena or Ultra, Pasig City, it is where we swim. Entrance fee is Php60.00 per person, bring your swim wear (i.e. swim trunks), goggles, towel etc. For the schedule: TBA upon request, haha. Please leave a message on the comments box below if your interested. Let’s swim now or forever hold your peace. Haha! 😀