Many people choose to seek out swimming workouts for weight loss because of its obvious benefits. Being in the water makes a workout feel easier, but in reality, swimming workouts have a high caloric burn and build muscle at the same time. Swimming workouts for weight loss are ideal for those who experience joint pain or are obese because of the low resistance in the water. For all of these workouts it is assumed that you already know how to swim. If you do not know how to swim, find a class at your local pool before attempting these. It's also advised to start any workout with a stretch and warm-up.
- A great swimming workout is to simply swim laps. Using different strokes and swimming different distances helps to keep it interesting for both your body and mind. Different strokes also maximize caloric burn and muscle development. Try alternating between 100 meters and 200 meters at a comfortable pace. You can use the strokes that are most comfortable for you; the object is to elevate your heart rate and keep it elevated.
- Another swimming workout for weight loss is for those who are looking for something that's a bit more challenging. For this one, swim five 50 meter sprints in the freestyle stroke, take a short water break, and then swim five 100 meter sprints with the stroke of your choice.
- Make any swimming workout more conducive to weight loss by the use of weights. Just a light weight on your wrists or ankles can continue to challenge your body while swimming and help with weight loss.