Swimming for fitness?

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  1. pfizer

    pfizer SS.org Regular

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    Hi guys, I was just wondering if anyone here has any experience with swimming as an exercise?

    A little background; I've got a really bad back and so the doctor recommended a low impact type of exercise for me. Swimming came up and luckily, there's a pool nearby that I can use regularly.

    So, any tips? How often should I swim? How long should each session be? Any swimming styles/strokes that are more effective than others?
     
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    Sumsar SS.org Regular

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    It really depends on what you want to achieve. Are we talking weight loss, muscles or just be more fit in general?

    In my experience swimming is great for training your whole body as you use a lot of different muscles. It is ideal for being more fit and weight loss.
    Yes swimming is a bit more gently on the body compared to say running, but as with any sport you can get injuries over long time.

    I would say swim as often as you can, but atleast once a week for it to have any effect. The amount of time you should swim depends on the swimming style. If you prefer a more related swimming style you can easily swim for an hour and maybe cover 1 or 2 miles or more (start our with less though). For faster more aggressive swimming styles you cant obviously swim several miles, but I have no experience with how far / long you can keep going with those styles, as I prefer swimming looong distances.
     
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    I would say that swimming is perhaps the single most effective overall type of training.
    It won't result in those massive overarms, but rather will build the longer, durable muscle muscle fibers. Almost all important muscles, fibers and connecting rods will be affected, and it's fairly difficult to over stress anything - unless going for competition style..

    Do a few tracks of each of the four styles: breast strokes, crawl/freestyle, backcrawl/strokes, and possibly butterfly - which isn't quite as difficult as you might think, just a Bit awkward to boot.
    Finish with some flexing, hit the sauna, and feel wonderful ;)
     
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    Thanks for the responses guys, really appreciate it.

    I kind of want to get my old six-pack back to be honest; I stopped regularly exercising when I started my medical residency. Now, my back hurts and the rehabilitation specialist says losing weight and getting my old body back would help with the pain.

    Generally, I want to be healthy again and swimming always comes up. I'm just lucky there's a pretty big pool near my house that I can use regularly.

    Would 3 days every week for 1 hour help me get the old abs back? If not, I'd be pretty stoked at just having the back pain gone :)
     
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    Change up your diet to drop body fat and expose the abs - it'll have more of an effect than swimming. Go swimming anyways, but diet is the absolute key to losing weight.

    Abs are made in the kitchen! ;)
     
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    Swimming + good diet = results.
    3 times for an hour will be ok. After a few weeks of "getting started", you can try to set a goal (e.g.: 1.5km in 45m) and train for it, you can find many swimming training programs online.
     

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