Tuesday, April 24, 2007



- Employs all the major muscle groups.

- Improves cardio-vascular endurance.

- Kind to joints and connective tissues.

- Not weather-dependent (if using an indoor pool)


- Doesn't develop 'posture' musculature.

- Requires access to a suitable swimming pool.

- One word, 'elastoplasts'.

- There is some evidence that swimming encourages the body to increase its fat levels.

If you are going to do swimming as part of your exercise programme, find a pool that provides lane swimming facilities. Set yourself an amount of time (say 20 minutes), and swim laps at a constant pace until too tired to swim with good style.

Rest for a couple of minutes, then repeat the process. As you progress, work on swimming faster, and for longer. 30-40 minutes, 3 times a week, will maintain your cardio-vascular fitness at a good level.