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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Fun & Fitness: Swimming is a complete exercise

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 06, 2014
First Published: 11:31 IST(6/5/2014) | Last Updated: 11:36 IST(6/5/2014)

Season’s special: Summer vacations are around the corner. And sports is the best way to channelise a kid’s energy. HT brings you a weeklong series giving comprehensive list of sports centers spread across the tricity where one can get a punch of both fun and fitness. Plan your kids month-and-a-half-long holidays, we start the series with swimming. Besides fun time, swimming is a complete exercise and one can sweat it out even in the pool.

Chandigarh
Press Club, Sector 27
Registration Fee: Rs. 200 (one time)
Form: Rs. 50 (one time)
Monthly Fees: Rs. 800; additional RS 500 for coaching (one time). 
Contact: Azad Singh 98889-39791

UT Sports Department pools
Nursery Pool, Sector 23
Fees: For students: Rs. 1,500 per season;
Non-students: Rs. 3,000 per season

All Weather Pool, Sector 23
Fees For students: Rs. 1,800 per season; non-students: Rs. 3,500 Season
Season: April to October (Summer); November to March (Winters).

Lake Sports Complex, Sec  1
Fees: For non-members: Rs. 3372 (for three months); for members: different fee structure depending upon the type of membership
Contact: 0172-2740624 (Monday closed)

PU Swimming Pool, Sector 14
Fees: Rs. 1,000 per month
Contact: 0172-2541042, 2544081

Chandigarh Club, Sector 1
Fees: For members: Rs. 750 per month; Rs. 2,500 per season (till October 30);
For guests: Rs. 1,500 per month, Rs. 3,500 per season (till Oct 30).
Contact: 0172-2743388

Panchkula:
Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15
Fees: Rs. 700 per month; coaching fee Rs. 500 (one time)
Contact Azad Singh: : 98889-39791

Gymkhana Club, Sector 3
Registration Fee (one time): Rs. 50
Fees: Non-members: Rs. 1,000 per month; members: Rs. 450 per month
Contact: 0172- 2587099, 2586099

Gymkhana Club, Sector 6
Registration Fee (one time): Rs. 50
Fees: Non-members: Rs. 1124 per month; members: Rs. 506 per month; coaching Rs. 674 (one time)
Contact: 0172-2563280; 084-37-97-7878

Gymkhana Club, MDC
(All weather pool)
Fees: For non members (Above 9): Rs. 3370 (quarterly), Below 9yrs: Rs. 1800 (quarterly); For members: Rs. 1685 (quarterly)
Contact: 0172-2023007

SAS NAGAR
Mohali Club, Sector 65
Fees: Rs. 1,200 per month
Contact: 0172-2230170

Zirakpur: Sky Let Enclave:
Fees: Rs. 800 per month; Rs. 500 coaching (one time).
Contact: Azad Singh 98889-39791

Swimming for recreation
Getting started in swimming is easy. It is a sport for all age groups, skill and fitness levels. Recreational swimming can provide you with a low-impact workout and it’s also a good way to relax and feel good. Common swimming styles in recreational swimming are breaststroke, backstroke, side stroke and freestyle.

Competitive swimming
Some people who enjoy swimming want to take it to a competitive level. This can provide the health benefits of a vigorous workout as well as the fun and thrill of competition. The distances swum in competition swimming can vary from 50 metres in a pool to much further distances in open water.

Health benefits
Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. Swimming is a good all-round activity because it: 

Keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
Builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
Helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
Tones muscles and builds strength
Provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming
Other benefits

Swimming has many other benefits including:

Being a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise
Alleviating stress
Improving coordination, balance and posture
Improving flexibility
Providing good low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions

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