It’s understandable that you may prefer to keep your feet on land but isn’t the weather affecting your running routine? Mix up your routine some time and run over the swimming pool pavement.
It is also comprehensible that you are ultimately dedicated to running and see it not just an exercise, but also a sport. Well, don’t limit yourself to the dry land because swimming is a great cool down exercise in between your running routines. Maintain your physical and mental condition up top for here are the reasons why runners should dive and swim as well.
A great full-body workout
Aside from the fact that swimming burns a mega amount of calories, it is a total body workout as well. It engages your arms, shoulders, legs, back and core and it is a resistance exercise for your entire body since you’ll be active in a much denser air.
Plus, it’s also the perfect time and exercise to get your neglected muscle groups involved and engaged. The various movement patterns and stokes will actively work these muscles. On the other hand, while swimming engages all the other muscles, it also gives a break to your overused muscles such as your legs.
Improves strength and endurance
Much like running, swimming is a perfect exercise to get your heart rate pumping and boost your stamina. If you’re finding a great exercise to have a break from the running on the ground, swimming is also a great choice for it is a cardio workout as well.
Pool running or aqua jogging actually is a must cross-training for runners. The exercise is a way to strengthen your muscles, boost your endurance and improve your body form. Also, it trains your body to run more efficiently since you’re able to observe your form (the position and condition of your arms, legs, knees, lower back, etc.).
Reduces risk of injuries
Running strains the joints most especially if you run too frequently and the in high-impact training. If you continue to run without giving ample time for your joints to recover, running on uphill or downhill pavements will be twice as difficult than normal. If you continue this practice, you may run the risk of injuries.
Swimming is a zero-impact workout which allows your joints and legs to take a break on your rest days. Since the pool water aids you and keeps you afloat, you can perform identical workouts to those you perform on the road or track.
Low-impact in nature
Running is a high-impact exercise which can burn out your body in its nature. Since it takes a great toll on the condition of your body, you’ll need to take a day or two off. If rest is not an option, consider taking a splash in the pool.
Since swimming is a non-weight-bearing, your body no longer have to deal with too much stress. This is also why swimming is a great recovery exercise in between running routines. It lets your muscles recover all the while working them.
Enhances your breathing
A good breathing pattern when running and swimming is utmost essential. A great way to improve this is through swimming.
Since breathing patterns and rhythms are most observed when swimming, you are basically exercising your lungs and adapting a breathing technique that works for you. By doing so, swimming increases your lung volume which is equally beneficial to running.
Things to remember:
Pack a well-fitting swimwear, goggles and other swimming essentials. Consult a swimming coach for proper technique. Create a training routine. Take a break and enjoy!
Who knows maybe you’re much better of a swimmer than a runner or better yet, you are more relaxed and and robust in the pool. Don’t be so shocked then if the next time, you find yourself joining a triathlon race.
About Chie Suarez: When you can’t find her watching the latest films in the cinemas eating popcorn, she’s probably writing for SWIMSHOP UK — the Europe’s premier swim specialist. They are both recognised nationally and internationally for providing the essentials for every swimmers of all levels.