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A swimming workout helps you burn calories quickly.
Struggling while leaning forward to tie your shoes because of the spare tire of fat you carry around your midsection can be frustrating and demoralizing, but instead of feeling sorry for yourself, make the choice to burn off the fat through exercise. If you live next to a lake, community fitness center or have a pool in your backyard, a swimming workout can help you burn calories at a high rate.
Carrying excess fat can have health risks, but belly fat can be particularly dangerous. Belly fat includes visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat is located deep inside your abdomen and around your organs; subcutaneous fat is the fat located closer to the surface underneath the skin. MayoClinic.com warns that excess belly fat can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, low levels of good cholesterol and even sleep apnea.
If you're determined to lose your belly fat, the first information to understand is that it's impossible to target the fat in one particular part of your body. Exercise helps you burn fat, but the fat loss you'll experience will be throughout your body. A swimming routine is a full-body workout that uses all your muscles with no strain to your joints. This cardiovascular exercise rapidly burns fat everywhere. The concept that you can target fat in a given area is called spot reduction, and Bodybuilding.com reports that it's a common myth associated with weight loss.
To lose fat around your belly and throughout other parts of your body, you must create a calorie deficit. This term relates to the relationship between the calories you consume and the calories you burn. When you burn 3,500 more calories than you consume, you'll lose a pound of fat, according to MayoClinic.com. Exercising regularly is a key to fat loss. For example, if you burn 700 extra calories per day over five days, you'll lose a pound of fat per week.
Swimming to Burn Calories
The swimming strokes that you choose play a key role in determining the rate at which you will burn calories. The general rule is that the more up-tempo and strenuous the stroke, the more calories you'll burn. According to the Harvard Medical School, a 155-pound person will burn 298 calories when swimming the backstroke for 30 minutes and 372 and 409 calories, respectively, in 30 minutes of swimming the breaststroke and butterfly.