Workout Wednesday: Make a Splash

Ditch your sneakers for bare feet and find a body of water because this week we’re talking about swimming. 

Swimming is a form of cardio that often goes overlooked. But if you're swimming at a high enough intensity it will be a great workout with all the same benefits of any other cardiovascular exercise. 

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We all know a great way to get in shape and stay in shape is to partake in cardiovascular activity. But what how do we know what to aim for? According to LiveStrong.com, “The American College of Sports Medicine has two basic recommendations for cardio exercise. The first suggests 30 minutes of moderate cardio five times per week, and the second recommends 20 minutes of intense cardio three times per week.”

Since Maine is plentiful of lakes, rivers, and ocean waves, use the natural resources to your advantage. Go for a morning swim to start off your day or take a dip after work for a great way to cool down and get in some exercise before the day ends.

Perhaps you have a pool or know of a public pool in your area with lanes. Aim to swim 15 minutes of lanes total, adding five minutes each week until you can go for about 30 minutes straight.

Keep checking in on Wednesdays for more summer workouts to change up your routine and keep exercise fun!

Lauren R.