Warmer weather means cooler clothes and more skin. If baring more of your body has you worried, pencil in some swimming pool time. The water provides multi-directional resistance (great for toning) and swimming is an awesome aerobic workout (effective in shredding calories). If you are ready to take the swimming pool plunge, follow this swimming fitness plan. Then, get ready to paddle your way to amazing shape—just in time for the summer!
Next, be sure to have a proper-fitting swimsuit. Leave your skimpy bikini at home – the swimming suit you don to do your laps should stay on and support you as you cut through the water. Try the bestselling Speedo Ultraback. Also, pick up a pair of swimming goggles to keep chlorine from burning your eyes and a latex swimming cap, a requirement at most pools, so you are not fussing with your hair while you should be focusing on your stroke. As for other swimming accessories or gear, most recreational or public swimming pools offer kickboards, pull buoys, paddles and other equipment on deck.
To really amp up your stroke, check out some swimming-focused books or DVDs, like Complete Conditioning for Swimming by swimming gurus Dave Clark Salo and Scott Riewald as they take you through more than 125 swimming-centric exercises and drills to enhance your endurance, flexibility, core strength and power. Bonus: It comes with a companion DVD with footage of swimming drills you can do in the pool.
Do this swimming workout two to three times a week and gradually increase your distance and speed. For more workouts, check out those at Tri-Newbies.
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