Six rea­sons to start swim­ming right away!

You cer­tainly don’t need to be a pro­fes­sional to reap the ben­e­fits of swim­ming. If any­thing, you’ll walk away with a nice en­dor­phin kick. Here are rea­sons why you should put swim­ming into your rou­tine.

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It’s a total body work­out

Swim­ming tack­les ev­ery­thing from sculpt­ing your back to ton­ing your arms—all with­out hav­ing to pick up a weight. Rather than need­ing a plan to work spe­cific mus­cles, all four strokes work to strengthen your en­tire body.

It’s joint-friendly

If you’re re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury and are ea­ger to build strength, then look into start­ing a swim­ming rou­tine to stay fit. If run­ning is your pas­sion, then swim­ming is a great way to work out on re­cov­ery days, grant­ing knees a rest from the pave­ment.

It doesn’t re­quire any fancy equip­ment

You don’t need to spend hun­dreds of ring­git to swim. All you need is a swim­suit, cap, and gog­gle. Even if you do de­cide to add more equip­ment (a kick­board), they are rather in­ex­pen­sive, and chances are your lo­cal pool has a few handy.

It’s a great way to burn calo­ries

Those ru­mours about swim­mers and calo­rie in­take aren’t false: An hour of mod­er­ate swim­ming can burn around 500 calo­ries. This revs up your me­tab­o­lism, con­tin­u­ing the burn well af­ter you’ve stepped off the deck.

It’s op­ti­mal for cross-train­ing

Avoid an el­lip­ti­cal or gym class burnout by trad­ing your nor­mal work­out for the pool. A swim ses­sion will ac­tu­ally im­prove your over­all per­for­mance at the gym (and vice versa). And, when you’re train­ing for a marathon or any other com­pe­ti­tion, jump­ing into the pool can of­fer you an ex­tra edge over your com­peti­tors.

It max­imises car­dio

Swim­ming is the ul­ti­mate aer­o­bic ac­tiv­ity. There is more breath con­trol com­pared to run­ning, thus an in­creased de­mand for oxy­gen, caus­ing your mus­cles to work harder. Be­cause of this, you can get more bang for your buck in a short amount of time.

The pool at the Hanging Gar­den of Bali has a spec­tac­u­lar view of the sur­round­ing nature. Take your hol­i­day swim­ming to an­other level at the Hanging Gar­den of Bali’s re­mark­able swim­ming pool. Lo­cated at the core of the prop­erty, it is one of the most pho­tographed pools in the world. Also named as ‘the world’s best swim­ming pool’ by Condé Nast Trav­eller, it’s num­ber one on Trip Ad­vi­sor’s list. De­signed by a spe­cial­ist ar­chi­tect, the strik­ing for­ma­tion is sus­pended over the dense rain­for­est, giv­ing swim­mers the unique sen­sa­tion of float­ing above the tree­tops.

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