Try Lap Swimming To Improve Overall Fitness

[fa icon="calendar"] Wed, Mar 9, '16 / by HealthSPORT

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There are few athletic pursuits more relaxing than lap swim, an all-body workout that is both mentally and physically fulfilling. Start your day with a dip in the pool -- you'll emerge feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to take on any challenges that lie ahead.

Lap Swimming Physical and Mental Benefits

Low-Impact Cardio

Swimming is a low-impact activity that does minimal damage to your joints. But low-impact need not mean low-challenge. Lap swim is as easy or as challenging as you make it; if you push yourself, you'll find it every bit as difficult as weight lifting or running -- and even more rewarding. If, however, you need something a bit more low-key, a slower, more relaxed swim will get your metabolism going without draining your energy.

Strengthening For The Entire Body

Getting ready for bikini season? Interestingly enough, the best place for you to prepare to wear your favorite bathing suit is...in the pool! Swimming blasts fat while toning your entire body. Targeted muscle groups include the glutes, hamstrings, shoulders, back, and core.

Different strokes can be used to improve your strength in different areas. Butterfly is great for your low back, while the backstroke targets your hip flexors. Even more specific muscle targeting is available when you train with a kickboard or a pull buoy.

The Mental Benefits of Lap Swim

Your chief goal may be to build strength or improve your endurance, but you'll also enjoy many mental benefits when you add lap swimming to your workout regimen. Even a brief session in the pool can help you let go of any anger or anxiety that may be holding you back.

Whether your goal is to build core strength, amp up your metabolism, or gain a little mental clarity, you'll accomplish it and then some when you add lap swim to your workout regimen. Get to a pool today and swim yourself to a whole new you!

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