Benefits of Swimming: Weight Loss & Flexibility

Thursday, 30th May 2019

This is our second blog in our ‘Benefits of Swimming’ series and this time we’re looking at how swimming can help you lose weight and improve your flexibility.

Swimming is known for being one of the best exercises around. That’s because it uses most muscles to propel you through the water, meaning your muscles get stronger and more toned (without having too much impact on your joints). Plus, it’s fun, energising and refreshing!

Did you know regular swimming is also one of the best ways to keep your weight in check?

It’s a fantastic calorie burner!

In fact, for every 10 minutes of intense swimming, you can burn up to 150 calories, whereas you may only burn around 100 calories for the same amount of time running.

If you’re looking to shed the pounds by swimming, give interval training a try. This is where you mix intense laps with timed intervals to help burn those calories faster. Goodbye unhealthy fat!

As well as weight loss, you’ll probably find your flexibility improves with regular swimming too.

The motions that you do while swimming – twisting of the head and spine as you come up for air, the constant scissor-like movements of your legs – all helps to keep your joints and ligaments flexible and loose.

The flexibility and impact-free nature of swimming is why so many people choose it as their go-to exercise.

If you’re thinking of taking a dip, we’ve got three pools for you to choose from – West Craven Sports Centre in Barnoldswick, Pendle Leisure Centre in Colne and Pendle Wavelengths in Nelson.

Try our pools for free for a week! Sign up for our free seven day pass and you can enjoy a week’s worth of gym, swim and classes on us. Click here to sign up today.

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