Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Ever been curious about the weight-loss benefits of swimming? Besides being a great low-impact aerobic exercise, different swimming strokes vary in intensity and calorie burn.
To burn the most calories, go with the butterfly. It burns 150 cals every 10 minutes. But if you're like myself, and can't manage the butterfly, freestyle is next with burning 100 cals every 10 minutes. This is followed by the backstroke, burning 80 cal per 10 minutes, and then the breaststroke, burning 60 calories per 10 minutes.
This comes as a relief to me, since, unlike other activities, you don't have sweat as a measure to help determine how hard you're working.
You can also up the calorie burn by doing interval training--sustaining a higher intensity stroke and speed for a few laps--and then slowing the pace and using a less-demanding stroke.
Overall, swimming seems to be the magical exercise. It doesn't strain your joints like running and other cardio endeavors do. It is also a total body workout; exercising every muscle you have as you make your way from one end to the other.
And, personally, I always feel that it's a meditative experience. I usually feel like I do after a yoga class when I swim, peaceful and calm.
Do you like to swim to exercise? Has it been helpful to you in your weight-loss goals?