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Swim your way to a fitter, healthier body

May 7, 2013

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It’s no secret that swimming is one of the best methods of exercise. Not only is it a great way to stay healthy and in shape, but it also builds your confidence and improves your body image. Here are just a few ways swimming can benefit you and your family along the road to a healthier life

1. Calorie Burning

Swimming burns calories at a fantastic rate – as much as 100 calories per hour when keeping a steady pace. The only physical exercise that’s comparable is running, and swimming accomplishes the same calorie burning task without all of the high impact damage to your muscles and joints.

2. Works Nearly Every Muscle Group

Swimming works nearly every muscle group in the body, especially the ones in your legs, arms and core. Not only will you burn fat in places where it’s often very hard to lose, you’ll also build hard-to-acquire lean muscle mass.

3. Heart Rate Endurance

Swimming is aerobic, which means that it improves both the health and function of your circulatory system – particularly the heart muscles. You’ll build heart and lung endurance over time, which will benefit you in all sorts of ways later in life. The best part is, you don’t even have to swim at a fast pace in order to see huge benefits.

4. Meditative Work Out

The repetitive nature of swimming actually qualifies it as a form of meditation. Studies have shown that there are serious mental health benefits to maintaining a regular swimming regimen, including lowered stress, increased productivity and improved state of mind.

5. Body Shaping

Swimming has a profound effect on the shape of one’s body. The predominant muscle groups used while swimming – when toned and shaped – will have a dramatic effect on the way one looks. Hips will slim, legs will tone and waistlines will literally disappear, which will leave both men and women looking younger, healthier and more vibrant.

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