With summer fast approaching the temptation to swap the gym for a refreshing few lengths in a pool is great. If like us youve been swayed by the lure of the water then read on, heres ELLEs guide to summer swimming.More
It’s no secret that swimming is great exercise but it’s especially good for anyone suffering with breathing problems like asthma. When you swim you not only breathe in warm, moist air that’s gentler and easier on the lungs, it can also help develop good breathing patterns that can help with endurance and stamina. Next time you go for a dip try and get a good breathing rhythm going by visualising your lungs expanding – the combination of that and regular movement is unbeatable for your fitness levels.For a gentler, less chemical-laden swim visit Third Space, Marylebone’s new Ozone treated pool, www.thethirdspace.com.
While dipping into your local pool might be a time saver, sea swimming has the added benefit of clean water and beautiful scenery to take in whilst you’re exercising (beats the dimly lit gym pool any day…). Not only does swimming against a tide burn more calories and provide a tougher workout than your average pool swim (the resistance is greater), regular cold sea swimming can help strengthen your immune system, improve circulation and hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin.
For where to find your local sea-spot visit wildswimming.co.uk.