Swimming exercises your mind as well as your body. Here is how to get the best out of your swimming pool workout.
Swimming vastly improves your cardiovascular fitness, core strength, muscle definition and posture, with relatively little strain or stress on the joints.
If there is a problem with swimming as a form of exercise, it is one shared by most cardio workouts and that is, keeping your mind occupied. You might even see it as fighting the boredom.
But with a bit of help and a few insights, this can be turned into an advantage.
When you are doing a cardio workout at home or in the gym, you’ll probably be sitting on a bike or rowing machine; perhaps a treadmill or cross-trainer.
Any of those machines can be facing a TV.
There might be music playing in the room or in your headphones.
Quite a lot of people read the papers or use their smartphone or tablet device when they are sitting on an exercise bike.
If you are swimming in your own pool for exercise, it’s very often alone and in silence.
The trick is to see that not just as potentially boring, but as a meditative time. It is a chance to de-stress from the rigours of life. It is a chance to relax and rest your mind just as you are exercising your body.
Many meditative techniques ask you to pay attention to your breathing, and that is certainly something that swimming makes you do.
To clear your thoughts, you might be asked to chant a mantra as you meditate. Counting your strokes and keeping a steady pace can soothe your mind in just the same way.
When you meditate, you need to do it without distraction from the outside world. Well, you definitely can’t answer the phone or check your e-mails from the middle of your pool.
Don’t swim in solitude. Swim in a calm and relaxed oasis away from the world.
To get the most out of your swimming, there are a few top tips you should bear in mind:
Smaller pools can be turned into ‘endless’ exercise pools with the addition of a BADU Counter Current unit that provides a strong current of water to swim against.
The units can be specified into a new build pol or retrofitted to an existing pool. They come in a variety of sizes, the larger models featuring more powerful pumps to give a stronger current.
The pump draws water in through the many openings located around the back of the nozzle housing before jetting it back into the pool as a powerful stream of up to 85 m³/hr via a directional nozzle.
On built in models, the jet nozzle swivels 60° in each direction allowing the stream of water to be adjusted to suit individual swimmers requirements.
The jet housing is produced from high quality stainless steel to create an eye-catching feature within the pool. A pneumatic on/off switch is incorporated into the housing together with the regulator for the air-intake, which gives the sparkling bubble bath effect.
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