You probably already know that swimming may be one of the best activities to work your entire body. When it comes to swimming, the health benefits are virtually endless. There is a lot of swimming routines out there that can help you burn calories and keep you in shape, but which one is best? In all reality you can’t go wrong with any swimming programs, but did you know that you can dramatically increase your fat burning potential by implementing high intensity interval training? By adding “HIIT,” it turns a regular swimming into a high intensity swimming routine that burns fat like crazy!
What Does A HIIT Workout Routine Consist Of?
If you are not already familiar with high intensity interval training, then you will be amazed how quickly and efficiently your workouts will become. Commonly referred to as HIIT, these types of workouts require short periods of maximum exertion combined with recovery periods of less effort. Sprinting for 30 seconds with a 1 minute walk or jog is a normal pattern for intervals. Cardio done in this way is extremely beneficial. Not only does it burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time, but post workout calorie burning is maximized more than traditional cardio.
What Happens When You Combine HIIT With Steady State Cardio
Steady state cardio is when you perform an activity at a constant speed for a much longer duration. Because it may take a couple hours to achieve the same calorie burning capabilities as a HIIT workout, it doesn’t make sense to go down that route. But if you combine HIIT with steady state cardio, an amazing thing happens. HIIT will actually cause fat cells to be released into the blood stream as free fatty acids. So the moment HIIT is finished, we will introduce steady state cardio to burn up the free fatty acids. To recap, short bursts of energy releases the fatty acids in the bloodstream while steady state cardio burns them up.
What Your High Intensity Swimming Routine Will Look Like
1) Warm up briefly by swimming a couple laps
2) Freestyle swim(sprint) for 30 seconds
3) Light swim or paddle(rest) for 1 minute
Note: Do this for 15-20 minutes. 30 second sprint(swim) followed by a 1 minute jog(paddle). If you are completely gassed from HIIT, you can extend the rest period to 2 minutes.
Steady State Cardio
1) Swim laps at an easy to moderate pace for 15-30 minutes
Note: The entire workout shouldn’t be any longer than a total time of 45 minutes. This workout can be done 3-4 times a week.
A Natural Increase In HGH Levels From High Intensity Swimming
HGH is short for human growth hormone.HGH is a powerful hormone that is involved in burning fat and even preserving muscle mass. Increased levels of HGH doesn’t have to come from an illegal drug or injection, but can naturally be produced by the body. There are a few ways to increase HGH but we’ll stick to how it can be done with intense swimming workouts. High intensity exercise and fasting will naturally increase HGH levels. So to optimize the benefits we can combine the two for maximum fat burning effects.
1) Begin your swimming routine in a fasted state. This means that you won’t consume a single calorie 3-4 hours leading up to the workout. Train on an empty stomach.
2) Wait 1-2 hours after your workout to eat. Waiting to eat will maximize the HGH release after an intense workout.
3) Fasting 1-2 separate times a week will also increase HGH levels which helps burn more fat and helps preserve muscle mass.
Amazing Fat Loss Results In A Short Amount Of Time
Sticking to a high intensity swimming routine like the one above will do wonders with fat loss but it is also gentle on your joints. Since swimming is a non impact exercise, you can do as much as you want without the risk of injury. Another great reason to use a HIIT workout routine in the pool is that it keeps you cool without all the sweat.