For people who are overweight or some people who want to squeeze certain parts, what exercise to practice is very important. Choosing the right subject to practice is very important, not only helps you healthier but also helps you tone some areas on your body that make you uncomfortable. And swimming is the sport that helps you do just that without causing any injury.
Going for a dip in the pool will cool you off on a hot day, but it can also help you develop muscle strength and endurance. Swimming is a full-body exercise that tones every major muscle group in your body. Each of the various strokes focuses on different muscles, so using a combination of strokes when swimming will allow you to feel the burn, and get the tone you want faster than many land-based exercises.
When you swim, every stroke engages your shoulders, biceps, triceps, upper back, and chest. Your arms are responsible for reaching forward during the upstroke phase of each stroke, and for pulling you forward by pushing through the water on the downstroke phase of each stroke.
This pushing-and-pulling motion engages the arms and chest while the rotation of the arms either forward, as in the breaststroke, or backward, as in the backstroke, engages the shoulders and upper back for a toned upper body. After you finish your swim, you can further tone your underarm area with water-based arm exercises. Side and front arm raise, with your arms submerged in the water, can help you tone your triceps.
It doesn’t take a long time, as long as you swim properly. If your laps are decently intensive and extensive (meaning fast and not below 30 minutes in total, with just the right amount of rest in between), you should feel a good amount of muscle soreness all over your body the next day.
But usually, after 6 – 12 weeks of regular swimming, you should notice some changes in your body, especially your arms. They will be tidier, neater and “feel hard”.
Here’s a breakdown of the strokes, and which is the best swimming stroke for weight loss in general, and arms fat in particular.
Breaststroke is a bit of a slow burner in terms of calories. In fact, it is the least beneficial stroke for burning calories.
Backstroke is the second lowest-calorie burner next to breaststroke. However, it’s one of the best for improving posture.
Freestyle is the fastest of all the strokes, so as you might expect it is up in second place for calorie-burning potential.