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Byline: Jane WOODHEAD

Jane Woodhead, Account Director at Paver Smith Public Relations in Liverpool and a former ECHO journalist, today focuses on the massive benefits which swimming can bring When I talk about my love of swimming people often look at me with a stare of disbelief.

How can you like swimming? It is just boring - are the comments which I often hear.

But swimming is far more than just pounding up and down the pool doing length after length.

The key is to inject a little variety into your swimming - which will not only ensure you get fitter, it will also make the session more enjoyable - and pass faster.

Always try to include different strokes in the session and try to avoid breast-stroke.

Breast-stroke is bad for your knees and also your neck and lower back - particularly if you are one of those people who constantly swims with their head out of the water.

WOODHEAD Try swimming for 10 minutes for as fast as you can and then swim at a steady pace for five minutes and repeat.

Also make use of the many swimming aids which there are, such as floats, pool buoys and hand paddles which can really help you to improve your stroke and technique.

Front crawl is one of the best strokes you can do for overall fitness building - it is also a great calorie burner.

This discipline really does work every muscle in the body and if you adopt the correct techniques and really try to twist as you are gliding through the water your waist and upper stomach muscles will really feel the burn.

You travel the fastest through the water when you are completely streamline so pulling in those lower tummy muscles too, ensuring your bottom is raised and there is no dip in your back, will help to get you super trim - and fast.

In addition to being a good calorie burner, swimming will also help to strengthen the body and really helps to improve your circulation. As the water pressure adds to the muscle pressure placed on the veins, this helps the blood to be pushed efficiently around the body.

Unlike running or weight-lifting, which focus on specific muscle groups, swimming is of benefit to all of the body and is one of the quickest ways of boosting strength and stamina.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2009
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