SWIMMING, THE GOOD SPORT TO LOSE WEIGHT
Don’t let the suspense last any longer and rest assured, swimming is an excellent sport for losing weight with Lifeguard Training. To be exact, it is not swimming in itself that will allow you to lose fat and refine your body but the energy expended.~~The good news is that swimming is one of the most energy-intensive sports! Count about 400 calories burned for an hour of swimming at moderate speed and you can go up to 900 calories during an intense swimming session . So go ahead and get ready to say goodbye to your love handles !
A GENTLE SPORT THAT WORKS ALL THE MUSCLES
Do you have pain in your knees, joints or back? So once again swimming is really the sport for you because it stretches your limbs, your back and poses no risk to your joints. You can therefore swim almost every day if you wish, without the risk of injury. Of course, we advise you to consult a doctor for your daily pain, the advice of a professional is essential! It also works the whole body, you lose weight in the stomach , thighs, arms… for a well-proportioned silhouette. And as it is practiced in the water (yes, we really learn that every day) your movements are subjected to a slight resistance which allows you to strengthen all your muscles.
Did you know ?
Strengthening your muscles increases your metabolism. So even at rest your muscles need more energy and you consume more calories every day. Also know that after a good swimming session , your body will continue to burn calories for several hours. In short, you have understood it, your session at the swimming pool is a major ally for losing weight .
SWIM REGULARLY BUT NOT TOO LONG
Regular and long-term efforts are much more effective than intense efforts. So no need to swim 2 hours in a row, you risk getting tired and no longer want to put a toe in the pool , especially if you resume sport or if you start swimming . ~~So how long to swim to lose weight and how many times a week? Ideally, we advise you to swim for 40 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. If you’re going back to sport, don’t swim for more than an hour (doesn’t that suit you? :)) because resuming sport will increase your appetite and you risk eating too much after your sessions and not see the results of all your efforts.
THE KEY TO SUCCESS: FOOD
Yes, we are not going to lie to you, there is no miracle! To lose weight , swimming like all sports must be accompanied by a suitable diet. We are not talking here about a drastic diet but about a monitored and balanced diet. Choose seasonal vegetables, fruits, not to mention starchy foods and proteins. Also do not neglect any meal, the right balance is 3 meals a day and above all avoid snacking which risks ruining your efforts. 1 pack of cakes eaten, and presto it’s as if you hadn’t done your swimming session … Go on, it’s worth changing your habits and I know you can do it!~~You do not know where to start ? So do not hesitate to consult a dietitian who will accompany you in your approach and help you adopt the right gestures.
HOW TO KEEP THE RHYTHM OVER TIME?
To last in the long term, it is important that swimming is or becomes a pleasure. So vary the strokes according to the parts of the body you want to work. And with the variety of exercises out there, I promise you won’t be bored!
Breathing, synchronization of movements, vision, landmarks… in the water everything is turned upside down and swimming is a sport that can seem complicated when you start it. So, if you can’t swim without stopping, don’t panic, it’s completely normal, take the time to take breaks. Little by little you will be able to swim longer and longer, be patient.Also remember to hydrate yourself well during exercise because, like all athletes, swimmers lose water. So, to avoid dehydration, drink water every 15 minutes or so and in small sips. But it is also important to drink plenty of water before and after your session as well as throughout the day. Indeed, studies have suggested that there may be a link between poor hydration and weight gain . You can also drink a large glass of water before your meals, you hydrate while filling your stomach which will allow you to reduce the feeling of hunger.
LOSE BELLY AND LOVE HANDLES WITH SWIMMING
Do you want to lose belly fat ? So you have a choice because whatever stroke you choose, your abdominal strap will be enormously stressed. The most effective belly stroke is the famous butterfly stroke , but is also the most technical, so not ideal if you’re just starting out. So prefer undulating swimming and kicking. Here, for example, is an easy kicking exercise to work on your abs: with a plank go 1 length on your stomach, 1 length on your back then 1 length on your side and repeat the whole thing 3 times. Get rock-solid abs with this swimming exercise!~~Despite their pretty name, you can’t stand your “ love handles ” anymore ? It is the cardio exercises that will help you the most, so favor the front crawl and the back crawl, because the arm movements particularly solicit the obliques. The breaststroke also allows you to work on the hip area and the inner thighs, areas that are often difficult to reach in other cardio sports.