Benefits of Swimming
By: Breeanna Tudda, Head Lifeguard
For two months now, I have been lane swimming 4 times a week for 45 minutes a day at the YWCA pool after work. As a lifeguard, I have always been a strong swimmer however I haven’t been as diligent with swimming to keep up my cardio as much as I liked, so I decided to challenge myself. After doing this for two months, I have made it into a life style of continuing to swim 4 times a week, and here is why:
I lost about 10 pounds of weight for swimming for two months. Front crawl typically burns 700 calories per 155 pound person and more if you are over 155 pounds. A lot of swimmers will say they will eat what they want because they swim, which isn’t the motto you want to lead by, however I still ate typically healthy and cheated here and there ( at least one cheat snack or meal a day) and I still lost weight. I believe adapting a clean diet would result in additional weight loss.
Since I kept up with swimming almost every day of the work week, I noticed my lungs and heart have strengthened. I could swim vigorously using the front crawl stroke for 400 meters which is exactly 10 minutes. I then was able to swim double that in 20 minutes. Now I can swim 48 laps in 30 minutes, which is 1200 meters of front crawl which I am pretty happy about considering in November I couldn’t even swim 4 laps of front crawl without being tired and having to take a break.
As a former dancer I have always been very flexible. When I stopped dancing, naturally I lost a lot of my flexibility. When I started swimming regularly, I noticed that my joints and muscles were not as stiff and that I was able to stretch properly. Also, my feet are naturally flat with no arch and because of that I have back problems. Lane swimming helped with the flexibility of my back muscles and the low impact allowed me to release a lot of the tension in my back and all my muscle groups.
Just like any physical activity, swimming releases endorphins that cause us to feel like we are on cloud 9 after a workout. I felt amazing after going for a swim because I felt like I achieved something and I was getting closer to my goal. It impacted my mood positively for the rest of the day.