I feel I should start doing some excercise as I do practically none - and I think swimming would be a good wat to start as it used to be something I particularly enjoyed.
Although I am not particularly overwiehgt (age 19, 5"3, around 10.5 stone), I could stand to use a few pounds, and wondered what is the best way to go about this? Would swimming be effective? If not, would it at least help to tone arms and legs?
Any help appreciated - hope my question is not too vague
As far as I know, the only exercise to burn more calories would be the eliptical. And it would tone, but you may want to pair swimming with weight training-- so maybe lift for awhile and then swim for awhile, or alternate days even.
If you need help setting up a workout for the pool let me know.
Im comfortable doing things with a time interval, as for different strokes - I am not comfortable with butterfly, though I know this is most probably the best for toning and losing weight!
I have no idea how long I want them to be, as I said, I am probably quite unfit - so my idea would be the shorter the better, but I am open to suggestions as to what would be a suitable length of time. I am a student, so time limitations are not a problem
Wanna put an hour in or a half hour? If you do a half hour then you may want to go in the weight room or gym beforehand.
I'll write up a few workouts so you'll be able to alternate and not do the same one over and over again. And for time intervals, I'm just going to kinda guess and if it's either too fast or too slow then you can adjust them on your own.
Swimming will help to tone arms and legs However, if you want a particularly good leg tone you should practice swimming laps while kicking instead of doing a full stroke as you more or less tend to use arm muscles slightly more while swimming. I personally don't think swimming burns fat as fast as running (Maddie will probably disagree with me =]), but it is good in a sense that while burning slightly less fat, it doesn't put any strain on the joints and trains your upper and lower body muscles more evenly than running does
Swim at your own pace and take your pulse after ever step. If your pulse is faster than 160 then slow down!
Total yards= 3350 yards
It's a very relaxed workout and one of my favorties. It may take awhile though, the transition sets don't need to be there if you don't have time. Fnutritionist, how did you injure your knee? I've got a bad knee too, it's horrible! Are you getting surgery?
thanks so much Maddie! That looks great. Injured my knee pushing myself too much with our personal trainer (running on a treadmill). I don't need surgery YET but it looks like I will need a double knee replacement in the future. Lots of wear and tear damage to both.
I take alot of glucosamine/chondroiton and herbal anti-inflammatories to try to fix things so that surgery doesn't have to happen.