Why Everyone Should Swim More – Getting Fit In The Pool

Swimming is one of the few exercises that can truly give a full body workout and has some nice perks that other full body workouts can’t give. The biggest one being that you are not subjecting your body to any kinds of impact stresses, particularly on the knees and back. This is one of my main concerns with people who are overweight and choose to run either on a treadmill or worse, on tarmac, to lose weight. For overweight people this can cause stress damage to knee joints over long periods of time.

Swimming In Decline

In short, swimming is perhaps the best full body cardiovascular exercise around, but the number of people swimming in recent years is showing signs of a gradual decline. This is likely due to the health and fitness industry promoting exercise machines at their gyms as the best way to workout with swimming as something you might do afterwards to relax or for fun.

This also highlights the fact that gyms make more money per square meter than a swimming pool, with gym memberships, personal trainers, vending machines etc. On top of that a pool does require a lot of maintenance work and a full time lifeguard in most cases and needs heaters and pumps to be working whilst the pool is open, which adds to the operating costs. So it’s no surprise that from a business perspective that pools have fallen out of favor as a way to help people get fitter.

Avoiding The Pool

For anyone who perhaps doesn’t like to exercise in public, whether at the gym or out running in the local park, swimming is often not an option, especially if you are not confident in how your body looks right now. I’m sure that the majority of people are not completely comfortable in their swimming outfits and this could partially be another factor as to why swimming is not as popular for losing weight.

Swimming At Home

The good news is that owning a pool that is suitable for swimming is now within reach of most people, so you will no longer need to avoid swimming as a way of losing weight. Above  ground pools are getting so competitive in price now that for under $2000 you could get yourself a 30+ foot pool and have plenty of room to swim lengths. In particular Intex make some great pools and the best above ground pool in my opinion is their 32 foot rectangular pool for swimming.

If you don’t have much space at home but still want to be able to swim more often from the privacy of home then don’t worry, there are models available that are the same size as the average family car that can still give a great workout. The most well-known pool is the Fitmax iPool that uses a velcro harness to add resistnace to the swimmer and create the effect of being able to swim endlessly in a pool that is only 11ft long.

Leave a Reply