Lifeguard courses are typically offered by various organizations, including the American lifeguard, and the United States Lifeguard Association, among others
Swimming and lifeguard is a form of exercise that is suitable for almost everyone. You can go in all directions with it, from competitive swimming to aqua jogging. Swimming has many health benefits and it’s fun. Discover 5 reasons why you should take a dip regularly!
1. Exercise with injuries
If you are dealing with injuries, it is sometimes difficult to move enough. After all, you have to rehabilitate properly and not put any further strain on your muscles or joints. If you are in the water, there is virtually no gravity and therefore no shock load . Your body moves freely in the water, at a pace that suits you.
Moreover, you can choose a stroke that feels right. The most common strokes are breaststroke and freestyle (front crawl). These strokes are completely different and appeal to different muscles and joints. There is a good chance that one of these strokes suits you!
Bonus advantage: in most swimming and lifeguard pools there is a whirlpool. Because of the warm water and the bubbles you can relax your muscles after swimming lengths.
2. Build fitness
A good condition is important your heart and lungs. By building up condition, you can move longer and more intensively in succession. A good condition ensures more efficient breathing and better blood flow, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and can help you lose weight!
The content and duration of lifeguard courses may vary depending on the organization offering them, but they generally aim to provide comprehensive training in water safety, rescue techniques, first aid, and CPR.
You can build up the condition by moving (moderately) intensively. With (moderately) intensive we mean moving with a heart rate between 108 and 144 BPM. In these heart rate zones you can still talk, but as you move more intensively, your breathing goes up, which makes talking a bit more difficult.
To build up fitness, your training should not be too light or too heavy, but in between. See the website of the Heart Foundation for more information.
You can swim as fast as you want. During lap swimming and lifeguard there is always a lane for the faster swimmers. Sometimes there is also a medium-speed track. In the other lanes you can swim laps quietly. You can continuously challenge yourself. Count the total number of laps you swim in an hour, or the number of laps you swim in a row without resting. Also switch between swimming strokes and between sprints and calm swimming. So-called interval training gives your condition a boost!
Advanced swimmers and swimmers in a swimming and lifeguard club often use training schedules. Such a schedule consists of blocks, for example swim in, then 4x100m medley, 2x50m front crawl legs, 2×50 front crawl arms, 2x100m medley, 1x50m front crawl legs, 1x50m front crawl arms, 1x100m medley and swim out.
Remember how much and how long you swam so you can beat it next time. There are also various activity trackers on the market that keep track of this for you!
3. Burn Fat
As soon as your heart rate goes up, you not only build up fitness, but you also burn kilocalories . Swimming requires all your muscles to work. Do you want to lose weight? With an hour of swimming you burn between 200 and 600 kilocalories (depending entirely on factors such as your age, height, training time and heart rate). When you consume more kcal per day than you eat, you will lose weight. Swimming and lifeguard is a fun way to train, relax and lose weight.
4. Always something that suits you
Swimming laps with a sports buddy is somewhat the standard image that people have with swimming. However, some people find it much more fun to take on the challenge. Do you want to continuously improve yourself, or do you want to race against others? Then a swimming and lifeguard club is for you.
Do you like to move in the water, but do you find swimming jobs boring? Then consider water polo, snorkeling/diving, rescue swimming or Aqua Jogging ! This way you can keep moving, but you won’t get bored with lap swimming.
5. Cheaper than the gym
You can buy a subscription in most swimming and lifeguard pools. With such a subscription you can, for example, swim 10x at a reduced rate. If you would go swimming once a week, then you are done with 5 subscriptions! Depending on the pool, this costs about €200. A year at the gym quickly costs double!
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