Why is swimming so good for your body?
We think it’s the best form of exercise, especially if you use a swim spa. Here are a few interesting swimming facts for you.
Feel the Burn
Swimming is a great workout for burning calories. 🏊♀️ An energetic swim gets your heart rate up, giving you a fantastic workout. One of the main surprising swimming facts is that this form of exercise can burn more calories than running or cycling the same distance!
Swimming offers a good overall restorative therapy for recovering after a sports injury, or operation. Hydrotherapy exercises are often recommended to patients as swimming exerts little or no pressure on joints yet still works the muscles. Many recovering patients relish the feeling of weightlessness in the water and enjoy exercising gently without fear of further injury.
With a swim spa, the uninterrupted swim means you spend zero time turning. You work your body harder. With a swim spa you set the pace, adjusting and building up your workout as you get progressively stronger. You can still practice all your usual strokes in a swim spa, as even the smallest model, the Hydropool 12fx gives you enough room to swim comfortably.
Working every Muscle
When you swim, you use practically every muscle in the body. 💪 This makes it one of the best all round body workouts. Try swim spa swimming for a more intense workout against targeted jets and truly test your limits. Vary your workout with a mix of cross training, using the steps, treadmill and swimming against the jets. Swimming also helps build capacity in your lungs and heart, increasing overall body strength and fitness levels to keep you in tip top health.
Swimming Improves your Sleep
If you need a little help drifting off at night time, then why not try an evening swim to tire out your muscles before heading to bed? It’s no secret that regular exercise is good for your overall fitness, but it can also improve your sleep quality, meaning you wake up more refreshed. Just half an hour in the pool a day can really make a difference, toning your muscles, gently working your joints and keeping your fitness levels strong.
Did you know?
One of our favourite swimming facts is that the first swimming googles were made from tortoise shells. 🐢Thankfully, the first plastic goggles were made in the 1930’s and were much more comfortable!
The oldest stroke
The oldest swimming stroke known to man is breaststroke. Carvings have been found of the Ancient Egyptians swimming that date back to 2500BC.
The fastest Stroke
Front crawl is the favoured choice for athletes due to its speed.
The most complicated stroke
Butterfly. Mastering the combination of simultaneously moving the arms and the dolphin kick in the legs requires strong muscles, technique and a good level of fitness! Created at the beginning of the 20th century, this tricky stroke is based on breaststroke evolved by studying how fish move their tails to increase speed.
An Olympic swimming pool is 50 metres in length and holds 2.5 million litres of water! 💧 Alternatively, our largest swim spa – the Hydropool 19DTfx is 574cm in length and holds 7,857 litres.
Think you don’t sweat?
Think again. Gross we know, but you do still sweat in the water as your core body temperature rises as with any exercise. It’s just not noticeable as you’re already wet!