Whether you are training for a triathlon or simply want add variety to your training, swimming is exercise and meditation rolled in one. It is a low-impact activity that mobilizes all the muscles and joints in your body through the varied movements. If you are someone who loves hitting the pool at every opportunity, you may want to look at adding these three variations to your swimming session to burn your calories, stretch your muscles and make the most of your swimming time.
Not all that different from your usual run, but instead the water’s resistance will improve your stability, balance and running posture. Don’t adopt a different running gait just because you are in the pool. Remember to run just as you would on land. While running, you can even add some variations such as high knees and spot running.
The great thing about being in water is that you can stretch your muscles a lot more than is possible on an everyday basis. One way to do this is holding on to the pool steps or edge and sweeping your feet behind and in front of you. A great stretch for glutes, adductors, and your hamstring.
Mix it up
For best results, try swimming in a bunch of different styles. Regular swimming works out the back and shoulder muscles, but backstrokes take it up a notch higher. Butterfly stroke makes your pectorals and wing muscles work harder than regular swimming, while trudgen style helps you work out your legs thanks to the scissor motion.