Being physically and mentally fit is very important. These days there is so much stress in the every day life of an average person that they suffer physically as well as mentally. Physically because they cannot make time to anything other than their office work, and mentally because of the stress of work and possible problems at home. In addition to that with the easy availability of various types of junk and processed foods in the market today, people are short cutting their own way to obesity by not eating healthy foods.
People believe that cooking is a waste of time, as such eating from McDonalds will help them; however it will drastically affect your health. This is why it is important to stay fit, and there are lots of easy ways to do it. Most people believe that by having to stay it implies that they have to go to the gym regularly and engage in very demanding exercises.
This is not at all true. One of the easiest exercises that help develop, relax, and keep the entire body is swimming. Swimming is the one activity that engages every limb and moving part of your body. As such your entire body is being exercised simultaneously.
In addition to that while doing different strokes it will help you focus on specific parts of your body. There are different ways of going about swimming, such as trying different strokes, making a specific number of laps in every swimming session, and walking in the water. Either way with swimming you are bound to achieve tremendous physical and mental fitness.
The breaststroke is very helpful in build the upper body. It is fairly relaxing on the body as it is slower in movement compared to some of the other strokes but it evenly helps work out your shoulders. In addition to that since it is not a very demanding stroke, one can keep at it for a longer period of time without getting very tired.
If done correctly, this stroke can tremendously help you build a lot of areas in your body. It puts a lot of stress on building your biceps, triceps, chest, abdominals, neck muscles, shoulder muscles, lower back, thighs, ham string muscles, calf muscles and even the feet. The only thing is that this stroke is a little hefty on the body as such people, especially those who are just beginning need to take things slow in order to avoid muscle pulls and such.
It also helps you increase your lung capacity. This is because the freestyle stroke, and for that matter, all swimming strokes help increase a person’s lung capacity as they all require you to breathe in a specific manner. This way as you get familiar and comfortable with the breathing pattern of different strokes you will be able to control your breathing in a much better way.
This is a somewhat difficult stroke, as it requires you to have very good control over your hands, arms, and shoulders. In addition to that you need to lift your body up and down in the water in order to move forward. It is recommended mostly for people of young ages as older people find it very hard to do.
This stroke is very beneficial in helping expand your chest and build the muscles in this part. As well as that they help build the shoulder and neck muscles. It also works out the shoulder blade muscles. As such it is a very, very effective work out for the upper body. Not to mention that the abdominal muscles benefit tremendously from this stroke because you have lift your body up and down.
Walking In Water
One of the best exercises ever. This is very beneficial for strengthening your lower body. Walking in water is a very difficult exercise because it very much different from walking on land. This is because water is a much heavier and denser medium than air, as such going through it you will experience a lot more friction as well as resistance.
It also helps strengthen your core. Most swimming pools have specific lanes for walking and for swimming. So once in the walking lane you should mostly hold on to the lane dividing ropes in order to balance and support yourself. Following that, slowing start moving forward in the water. It will feel very tough at first because it is hard to push yourself through water. Also, remember to never rush because there is always the risk of slipping and hurting yourself.
Do about 10-15 laps of walking in the water everyday and if you feel that this is getting too easy for you or maybe that you need a challenge, then try walking backwards. Do not look back because the water is there and it is not changing, but just walk backwards as this will strengthen other parts of your lower body.
Playing In The Water
Many people are not aware of this but a lot of swimming pools have sections segregated for people to play in the water. Playing in the water is very helpful because it will improve your movements in a much heavier medium. If you are playing handball then you will be required to jump and move around a lot. This way you will stay active and your stamina will also increase.
For beginner level people it is ideal that you do around 8-10 repetitions in a pool that is 25 meters in length. You should take about a minutes rest between each set. Slowly try to increase the number of sets you do daily. For intermediates try doing 12-15 laps in a set with only 30 seconds rest between the sets.
For advanced swimmers who want to be really fit, you should do about 15-20 repetitions with only 20-second rest breaks in between sets. As for athletes and professionals 20-25 repetitions are ideal with only a 10 second break in between. Swimming is a very good exercise to work out the entire body, and it is the one exercise that has no age limits.