How Swimming Can Make You A Faster Runner

FITNESS  |  February 09, 2017
  • 1. Improves the level of endurance
    1 / 5 1. Improves the level of endurance

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    If you thought swimming was an easy sport, think again. While in the water, you exert different muscles depending on the style which you go by. Plus the water adds resistance to your efforts, making your body work harder while swimming a good ten laps. With running, it takes a good deal of stamina and through swimming, you will be able to build it up.


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  • 2. Builds upper body strength
    2 / 5 2. Builds upper body strength


    If you have only been running all this while, chances are you have a weak upper body. Swimming helps strengthen your shoulders and muscles in your upper body which can definitely benefit your balance and overall performance.

    (Also Read: 5 Strength Training Moves Every Runner Needs To Do)



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  • 3. Form better pace
    3 / 5 3. Form better pace

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    Most beginner runners struggle with pacing – we tend to run too fast at the start which leads to tiring ourselves out halfway through our run. Swimming helps us to hold a consistent pace as we have to pay attention to our breathiing, often rhythmic and consistent that can really aid us in our everyday runs.



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  • 4. Less prone to injuries
    4 / 5 4. Less prone to injuries

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    With constant kicking in the water, our ankles and hip flexors become more flexible and stronger which can lower the risk of leg injuries during our run.



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  • 5. Speeds up the recovery process
    5 / 5 5. Speeds up the recovery process

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    Swimming might not be a walk in the park but it is definitely gentle on the body. You can work your cardiovascular muscles without the heavy impact if you’re feeling too sore to hit the threadmill. Also, the cool temperature of most swimming pools can help with muscle inflammation.

    (Also Read: 5 Ways To Soothe Sore Muscles)



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