Knowing How to Prevent and Rehabilitate Swimming Injuries

By: MikeNolan

Swimming is a very safe and effective way of exercising that can be done throughout one’s life. Swimming burns calories, builds endurance and strengthens the cardiovascular system. Swimming has also increasingly become a means of losing weight. So, if you’re a middle-aged, plus-sized woman looking to lose some weight and get fit, hop into your swimsuit. Regular swimming workouts might be your answer.

The thing about swimming for exercise is that there are a variety of ways to do it. This means that if you’re getting bored with your workout — and perhaps becoming unmotivated — all you have to do is switch up the moves. Women getting into their swimsuits to burn some calories often turn to three proven workouts in the pool: Walking, squats and general laps.

Water aerobics — such as walking and squats — are especially suitable for people over 50 because it builds flexibility, endurance and muscle mass without putting too much pressure on the body. Squats are done by slowly bending your legs as far as you can, and then slowly rising again. For walking, either take steps in place or walk around the pool lifting your legs as high as you can. In both cases, the resistance from the water will give your muscles a thorough workout. Squats and walking can be done at different levels in order to derive maximum benefit.

For the younger swimmer, 10 to 50 laps around the pool will help burn calories and increase circulation for a total body workout. It is also more exciting and energetic than perhaps a slower paced aerobic workout is.

Before hitting the pool, you must also have the proper athletic swimwear . Make sure the bathing suits you choose to wear have the proper support for your body. Designers of plus-size swimwear have done very well to design swimsuits that work with this body type. Also, if your skin is sensitive to chlorine, it may be wise to invest in chlorine-resistant swimwear.

Continue to keep yourself motivated by finding a swimsuit that will fit and flatter your shape. It used to be that full-figured women had to settle when it came to choosing plus-sized swimwear, but that’s no longer the case. Nowadays, plus-size swimsuits come in an array of options — from chlorine-resistant swimwear to flattering bathing suits made to cover up trouble areas. If you have a fun and bright personality, you may want to choose plus-size swimwear that incorporates fun, bright colors or a funky, hip design. Decide what type of athletic swimwear you want to buy and go for it. You have an endless array of choices when it comes to plus-size swimsuits.

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Should you become injured, see your physician. Your doctor can assess your situation, and recommend exercises that will help you work your way back into your swimming program.You can avoid most injuries related to swimming workouts with a few preventive measures. Make sure you purchase comfortable swimsuits and incorporate warm-up exercises every time prior to going swimming. If an injury occurs, execute the proper corrective exercises that will help you on your road to recovery.

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