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Get fit, cool down with swimming

Get fit, cool down with swimmingImage Credit: Supplied

It is never too late to learn how to swim and get ready to enjoy a fun sport that keeps you healthy and helps beat the heat.

Swimming offers mental and physical benefits and can help you lose inches, shed weight, stay younger and build muscle tone. And the only equipment you need is a swimsuit, goggles and a cap.

The UAE has a variety of academies where one can learn swimming. In Dubai, one can enroll at Waves Swim & Sports Academy, Hamilton Aquatics Dubai and Absolute Swimming Academy, among others.

The average price for beginner courses start at Dh100 per session depending on the level of skill and the number of total sessions required. Basic swimming incorporates four strokes: freestyle, breast stroke, back stroke and butterfly.

Besides being enjoyable, swimming exercises the heart, lungs and muscles with very little joint strain unlike jogging. Research shows that habitual swimmers look 20 years younger than their actual age. A swimmer's blood pressure, cognition levels, cholesterol and cardiovascular fitness levels are comparable to that of a younger age group.

Swimming can help develop overall strength and endurance. It can give one yoga-like flexibility, and is especially good for people suffering from joint related disorders.

An average swim burns approximately 450 calories an hour. And because water is denser than air, swimming is akin to resistance training.

Handy Hints:

• The UAE has a number of swimming academies.

• Dh100 is the average price for beginner's courses.

• Use a variety of strokes to balance your muscles.

Source: Special to Classifieds