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Losing weight in summer: Why swimming is your best bet

From fatigue-free workout to a healed mind and body, swimming clearly offers a variety of benefits. Fitness experts explain.

fitness Updated: May 21, 2017 16:03 IST
Nisha Millet is an Olympian and a fitness expert.
Nisha Millet is an Olympian and a fitness expert.

It is that time of the year again when all you want is to stay inside the swimming pool, all day long. And here’s some additional benefits you can have from lazing around. Splashing into a pool, having fun also counts as a hardcore workout!

Fitness experts believe swimming is not only a vital life skill but is also a wonderful exercise for your body and mind.

Fitness expert Pooja Arora shares her tips.

Speedo Fitness expert Pooja Arora told Hindustan Times, “Resistance in water is around 42 times greater than in air, depending on the speed of the movement. Unlike most land based exercises, water provides resistance to movement in all directions and that allows all these directions to be used in the strengthening process.”

“Even a simple exercise like walking in water requires more effort than in land and ultimately burns more calories. A greater burn will get you closer to your weight loss goals faster. Being in an aquatic environment is known to improve mood and sleep patterns. With land based exercise, along with the benefits of aerobic activity comes high impact stress on muscles and joints, resulting in muscle soreness and injuries. Aquatic workouts are low impact and can greatly reduce injury and strain common to most land based exercises,” she added.

“Swimming stretches out your muscles and improves muscle tone due to the increased resistance when you get into the water. It is great to activate your core and build back and abdominal strength which will also improve your posture. You burn a lot more calories in the water than you would with walking or jogging. Speedo’s line of technologically advanced products and services also help in improving the technique of swimmers in the pool by creating an optimum body position by engaging your core muscles. This way you get the most of your swim,” another fitness expert Nisha Millet said.

Nisha Millet was the only Indian athlete to win 14 gold medals at the National Games in 1999.

“The low impact nature of water means swimming is also injury free and suitable for people of any age from toddler to the elderly. Pregnant woman can benefit from this as well as we only feel 10% of our body weight when submerged in water putting less stress in the back and knees,” said Nisha - the only woman member of the India’s swimming team for 2000 Sydney Olympics.

It is also recommended for people with asthma as it’s a great cardio vascular training and also helps improve lung power. Swimming helps with depression and the long symmetrical movements and focus on rhythmic breathing pattern and acts as a stress buster,” Nisha, who is an Arjuna award winner, added.

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