When you’re overweight it can be difficult to motivate yourself to exercise, even though you know it can help with weight loss, and so it helps to find an activity you enjoy doing. Swimming may be one such activity, as most people find it enjoyable because they often don’t realise how much effort they actually have to put in when they swim, since the water is there to take their weight and support their body. Swimming is something generally taught in childhood and therefore an activity that people remember fondly, failing to consider that if they rediscovered a passion for swimming this could help them with their weight loss.
Doing any kind of sport vigorously enough will help you burn calories, but swimming is a great sport to take up, as it gets your whole body moving. You don’t have to be particularly fit to start swimming and if you are carrying a lot of extra weight swimming gives you a chance to burn calories without putting extra pressure on your knees and back.
Obviously, if you’re morbidly obese even walking is going to be forcing your knees to cope with the extra weight and can therefore be incredibly painful. If you’re in a great deal of pain while you exercise you are going to struggle to find the motivation to exercise again, and if you want to lose weight you have to make exercise a regular part of your life.
Swimming is something you can do by yourself or with friends and family. You may find that it impossible to continuously swim length after length without occasionally having a rest and so it can be good to have support. Also, when you’re swimming you don’t have to contend with people’s stares, since once you’re in the water nobody is going to see your body, while you won’t be hot, sticky and out of breath all the time.
Swimming, like any exercise, will leave you feeling more positive about yourself and in a better position to cope with stress and anxiety, rather than turning to food for comfort, and thus you will be motivated to continue swimming regularly and to lose the weight you need to.
If you have had injuries in the past from participating in high-impact sports or want to cross-train to maximise your fitness swimming is a good sport to consider taking up, as it can improve your fitness levels, enable you to burn some calories and thus manage your weight.
Losing weight can be a challenge, but it becomes less so if you find a fun activity that you enjoy doing and which you actually want to do on a regular basis, which is often how people feel about swimming.