People usually looking to swim apart from being a fun sport, it is also the sport with the most health benefits for swimmers. In addition to its health benefits, swimming is also an effective method for increasing muscle, particularly the arms. Let’s find out through the article below. Which part of the body will be toned the most by swimming?
You know, a full-body exercise like swimming will help you lose fat in almost every part of your body, your arms, your legs, your thighs, your ab. But the most toned part must be your arms.
How your arms are toned by swimming?
When you swim, every stroke engages your shoulders, biceps, triceps, upper back, and chest. Your arms are responsible for reaching forward during the upstroke phase of each stroke, and for pulling you forward by pushing through the water on the downstroke phase of each stroke.
This pushing-and-pulling motion engages the arms and chest while the rotation of the arms either forward, as in the breaststroke, or backward, as in the backstroke, engages the shoulders and upper back for a toned upper body. After you finish your swim, you can further tone your underarm area with water-based arm exercises. Side and front arm raise, with your arms submerged in the water, can help you tone your triceps.
How long does it take to see the result?
It doesn’t take a long time, as long as you swim properly. If your laps are decently intensive and extensive (meaning fast and not below 30 minutes in total, with just the right amount of rest in between), you should feel a good amount of muscle soreness all over your body the next day.
But usually, after 6 – 12 weeks of regular swimming, you should notice some changes in your body, especially your arms. They will be tidier, neater and “feel hard”.
You can refer to this article for more details: How Long Does It Take To See Results From Swimming?
What is the best stroke for your arm to get toned?
For those who’ve been asking that question, the answer is Butterfly is the best stroke to choose. It’s the hardest to learn, and definitely not for beginners, but Butterfly is at the top of the calorie burn list.
- Average calorie burn: around 450 calories for 30 minutes swimming
- It’s the most effective all-round stroke for toning and building muscles.
- It helps with upper body strength, toning your chest, stomach, arms (particularly your triceps), and your back muscles.
- It helps to increase your flexibility, suppleness and stretches out the body to improve posture.
If you want to especially focus on your arms, maybe put on some extra lifting is not a bad idea. It will help you get your arms toned up quickly and more efficiently. Wish you succeed!