With the weather warming up for the summer, it’s time to break out the swimsuits and water gear! You can have fun in the sun, cool off in the pool and burn a lot of calories at the same time! You can burn 4 to 8 calories per minute swimming (up to 500 calories per hour), which is the same as what you can burn on a treadmill. Research shows that water workouts help reduce body fat, strengthen the body, and help reduce cholesterol levels. Water provides resistance without adding impact to your joints. So your body gets the ease of support, while building strength.
You don’t even have to be a great swimmer to enjoy the water, and still burn calories. You can get a workout just walking through shallow water. You can also use floatation belts or vests for workouts in deeper water. If you want to boost the calorie burning even further, you can challenge yourself. You can begin by setting goals for how many times you can walk back and forth in the pool, or how far you can on a beach. You can make goals for how many laps you can swim. Another goal you can aim for is to increase the periods you can swim without rest.
You can also check out water aerobics, yoga, or strength classes at a local recreation center. If you’re on vacation, some resorts hold water classes as well. You can also go snorkeling and enjoy the beauty of underwater while you burn calories. Swimming is a great option for exercise. Who wouldn’t want to be able to burn extra calories in a way that’s comfortable and fun!