If you're like most people, you want to learn how to lose weight and keep it off. When thinking about weight loss, many people overlook swimming as a form of exercise, because they don't believe that they can lose weight swimming. Fortunately, that's just not true. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise, that allows you to lose weight and build muscle, without putting undue stress on your bones and joints. Here are some weight loss tips for beginner swimmers to get you started.

  1. Swim frequently. Just like any other exercise routine, you can’t expect to see results if you don’t put in the time and effort. Consistency is key with swim workouts. Plan to workout for at least 30 minutes five to six days a week. The more regularly you exercise, the quicker you will see results.
  2. Vary your swim intensity. Just like with traditional, non-swim workouts, you’ll want to vary the intensity of your swim workouts. Don’t do two really difficult days in a row. If you don’t give your body a break in between hard workouts you will get burned out more quickly and want to stop your plan.
  3. Do a variety of workouts. Don’t do the same exercises everyday. Try alternating regular lap workouts with swim aerobics. The key to weight loss success is making sure that you’re enjoying yourself. If you’re bored with your routines, you’re far more likely to quit.
  4. Swim with a friend. If you have a friend or partner who is also a swimmer, ask them to swim with you. Weight loss is a challenging journey and you shouldn’t try to face it alone. Having a swim partner keeps you motivated and makes you more accountable for swimming each day.
  5. Swim with a drag suit. If you feel like you’ve hit a weight loss plateau, head to your local swim shop and pick up a drag suit. If you’re not sure which would be best for your needs, ask a sales associate. Most of them are swimmers themselves and can help you find the suit that will make your work harder and lose more weight. 
  6. Think outside the box. Swim exercise doesn’t have to be boring laps in a lane by yourself. Get together a group of your friends for a day at the beach. Have relay races and make up swimming competitions. Not all of them have to be in the water. Running in the sand and beach volleyball are equally good forms of exercise. Make swim exercise fun and you’re more likely to stick with it and loss weight.

Although the merits of swimming as a weight loss tool are debated, no one can deny that swim exercise is an excellent way to burn calories and stay in shape. Use the above tips to create swim exercise routines that motivate you. Not everyone’s body is the same, but swim weight loss is very possible if you work hard and stick to a routine that challenges you.