Many people enjoy swimming as a great low-impact aerobic exercise for the whole body. Swimming involves the use of almost all muscles required for movement, without joint strain and the weight of your body pounding you with each move, as occurs with land based exercises such as walking or running.
The best swimming strokes for whole body toning are the freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke. Water resistance is greater than air resistance, so that the muscles have to work harder, building strength while swimming by toning the upper arms, shoulders and legs. It also improves cardiovascular fitness by improving the use of oxygen and increasing lung function, without overworking the heart.
While swimming does exercise almost the entire body and is great for general fitness, it’s not a great way to drop excess pounds. Swimming burns calories while in the pool, but the calorie burn stops soon after you leave the pool. Your body doesn’t heat up as much in a pool and doesn’t have to work to cool down when you leave the pool as much as it does with land based exercises, like running or biking. Land-based exercises help you lose weight because the calorie burn can last for several hours after a workout ends.
A 150 pound person swimming laps, freestyle with light to moderate effort for 45 minutes can burn about 357 calories. Use the everydayhealth.com calorie counter below to calculate how many calories you can burn.
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In addition to regular swimming, other water exercises include kicking workouts, water aerobics and pool running and can all give you a great exercise session that keeps your heart rate up while taking some of the impact stress off your body.
Here is a partial list of public swimming pools in metro-Detroit and surrounding areas.
Village Park of Royal Oak, 1215 Crooks Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Towers Pool, 20875 Lahser Rd, Southfield, MI 48034
Waterford Wave Pool, 1702 Scott Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328
City of Monroe Public Service Pool, 1008 Riverview Ave, Monroe, MI 48162
Public Pool, 69310 Beebe St, Richmond, MI 48062
City of Eastpointe/JFK Pool, 24681 Schroeder Ave, Eastpointe, MI 48021
Lac Sainte Claire Pool, 27600 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48081
Algonac Community Swimming, 1833 Michigan St, Algonac, MI 48001
Marysville High School Pool, 1325 Michigan Ave, Marysville, MI 48040
St. Clair Pool, 715 Orchard St, Saint Clair, MI 48079
Sanborn Pool, 1919 Sanborn St, Port Huron, MI 48060
Tucker Swimming Pool, 230 S Cherry St, Flushing, MI 48433
Pool-Aquatic Center, 1200 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843
Blissfield Swimming Pool, Ellis Park, Blissfield, MI 49228
Nixon Pool (North St.), 400 E North St, Jackson, MI 49202
Nixon Pool (Fourth St.), 3225 4th St, Jackson, MI 49203
Family Aquatic Center Facility, 6400 Abbott Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823
Hunter Park Swimming Pool, 1400 E Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48912
Moores Park Swimming Pool, 420 Moores River Dr, Lansing, MI 48910
Litchfield Pool, 188 Bishop, Litchfield, MI 49252
Heritage Pool, 1492 Hertiage Park Dr, Coldwater, MI 49036
Holland Aquatic Center, 550 Maple Ave, Holland, MI 49423
Memorial Park Pool, 624 E Tuscola St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Stevens Memorial Pool, 6759 Church St, Cass City, MI 48726
Veterans Memorial Swimming, 707 W Park St, Saint Johns, MI 48879
Roethke Park Pool, 400 Leddy Rd, Saginaw, MI 48609
Plymouth Park Pool, 4501 Plymouth Park Dr, Midland, MI 48640
St. Louis Swimming Pool, 400 N Mill St, Saint Louis, MI 48880
Kalamazoo Municipal Pool, 1018 Walter St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Charles E. Fairman Community Pool, 100 Hutchinson St, Big Rapids, MI 49307
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