Why you should try a swimming workout

August 23 2016

Calling all water-babies! Swimming is one of the best workouts you can do – not only is it a great cardio workout that really gets the heart pumping, but it’s also a lot lower impact on the joints compared with running and other land-based activities. Plus, the water creates a natural resistance so you’re actually toning and strengthening your muscles as you swim laps, without even noticing it!

However, if you don’t happen to have the ocean in sight (and let’s face, who does?) we’ve got the next best thing. Fitness First has several gyms equipped with luxurious heated pools where you can do laps, swim recreationally or take part in one of our aquaerobics classes. It’s just the same as your regular aerobics class, except you have the added challenge of keeping yourself afloat! It’s a fun and surprisingly challenging workout that uses your entire body, from your arms to your core and legs. If you’re a novice swimmer, don’t worry – we also have friendly learn-to-swim classes at selected Fitness First gyms where qualified instructors will teach you the basics and help you perfect your technique.

Water-based workouts have been proven to be extremely effective when it comes to weight loss, toning muscles and improving overall health and fitness. Movement in water offers 12-14 per cent more resistance than in the air which means your muscles are working all that much harder than on land. Plus, thanks to the buoyancy of water, you can attempt more difficult exercises and keep cooler at the same time. Gravity also works differently in water – it pulls your muscles in two directions as opposed to just downwards. This means swimming not only builds lean muscle, but it also works on your body’s endurance, strength and flexibility.

But wait, there’s more! Aquaerobics doesn’t just work wonders on your physical body, but it’s also is great for you internally. The pressure of the water impacts your blood and enables it to circulate more effectively throughout the body, decreasing blood pressure.

So, what are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time to dive in and make a splash with one of our swimming workouts!