Have you ever watched the Olympics and been in awe of those magnificent sculpted figures with water streaming off of them, just climbing out of the pool after a dive? You and many others might feel that getting a body that great is completely beyond your ability. But it’s within your reach if you want it enough. Do you think great athletes were born that way? Of course not! They started out just like you, and then they found a great exercise to get in shape and focused on it. But being in shape doesn’t have to mean being a competitor – you can get away with exercising much less than the pros with much less pressure to achieve very similar results, simply because you don’t need to squeeze every last second of power out of yourself. To get that kind of body and that kind of stamina, all you need to do is go for a swim… on a regular basis, that is.
Swimming is one of the best ways to exercise the entirety of your body from head to toe, all the while protecting it with a nice cozy cushion of water. It’s a low-impact, low on strain exercise that can be done in many varieties of ways to keep it fresh and interesting. If you do your swimming outdoors, you have the bonus of fresh air and getting a tan along with your exercise, which is always a nice side benefit. The very nature of swimming means that you work almost every muscle in your body to get it done, allowing you to shed off fat in a fun way that may amaze you. In terms of full-body involvement, it’s the ultimate exercise, and nothing you can do in a gym or on some kind of exercise machine will beat it. And whether you like diving in off a high board or just stepping off into the pool, breast strokes or butterfly strokes, speed-oriented bursts or longer endurance-based swimming… there’s something in the activity to appeal to you.
The slim but muscled physique that swimming gives its practitioners is so much a common side effect of the activity that the body type is very often called a ‘swimmer’s build.’ Swimming is also very safe for people with leg injuries, arthritis, or other temporary or permanent physical disabilities that would prevent them from engaging in ground-based exercises. Since the water cushions your body adequately from many different angles, it lets you work even parts of your body that are fragile or frail without much risk. And all that can, of course, be done for absolutely free, unless you need a membership for a local pool. However, most places are equipped with either a free public pool or natural bodies of water suitable for swimming, making membership fees a rarely occurring problem.
At the end of the day, you can get that great body, but you need to work for it. It doesn’t have to cost you anything but time, and the rewards in return are great. Swimming is far from a difficult exercise even for complete novices. Slip on some shorts and give it a try, and you’ll be on your way to the abs of your dreams in no time.
Dr. Michael Allen
Fitness Instructor & Fat Loss Factor Founder