Swimming is much more than tile counting. Jumping into the pool is one of the most effective and healthy training methods. With special aids you can achieve even better results.
There is this one cliché, yes prejudice, that persists: Swimming is just tile counting. Swimming is monotonous and boring. Not true. Or better: That doesn’t have to be true. Different positions, different techniques, different aids – all this in combination gives a varied program for those who are too bored to swim back and forth in the same position.
And above all: swimming is healthy and gets you going. There are many good reasons why you should jump into chlorinated water tomorrow.
Swimming is ranked third in the list of the most popular recreational sports. According to the study “Sport and shopping behaviour in Germany”, more than two thirds of the population are active for two to five hours a week, more than a quarter even five to ten hours. Fitness is at the top of the popularity list, followed by cycling and swimming.
Good reasons to jump in the water:
Swimming is training that is easy on the joints and ligaments. The strain on the joints is 90 percent less than on land.
It is a workout for the entire body, in which all major muscle groups are trained. It strengthens the trunk as well as the arms and legs.
Swimming strengthens your condition and thus your performance.
Endurance and strength training can be combined. With aids such as the so-called paddles for the hands, strength training can be transferred to the pool on land.
Swimming strengthens the cardiovascular system.
The metabolism is stimulated by the temperature difference in the water.
Who swims, burns many calories. The details vary. For example, it is said that half an hour in a swimming pool corresponds to about an hour of fitness training on land. The reason for this is among other things the water resistance as well as the adaptation of the body temperature to the water temperature. A lot of energy is needed to regulate body temperature.