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How many swimming laps is a mile?


Swimming is one of the most beneficial workouts out there, using all of the muscles in the body, swimming is guaranteed to give you the perfect workout. Exercising in water makes your body work harder - 30 minutes in the water is equivalent to 45 minutes of the same activity out of the water. Swimming is the perfect way to destress, improve your mental health, lower risk of diseases and most importantly- you can work out without the sweat!

What are swimming laps?

In the swimming world the word ‘lap’ essentially means one length of the pool, so one lap is from one end of the pool to the other. Many people confuse swimming terminology with running terminology, one lap of a track means you run in a circle and end where you began whereas in swimming some people believe one lap is one end of the pool to the other, while others believe it is one end and back again. To save the confusion, if someone asks how many ‘laps’ of the pool you did, tell them how many times you went from one end to the other- ie lengths of the pool.

How many pool laps is a mile?

Now, this question really depends on the swimming pool you use to complete a mile. 1 mile is equivalent to 1609.34 metres, so if the pool is 25 metres you will need to complete 64.4 lengths of the pool. If you are unsure about the length of the pool, just ask someone- then divide 1609.34 by the measurement they tell you!

How many pool laps is 2 miles?

If you swim at a 25-metre pool, 2 miles will be equivalent to 3218.68 metres- equivalent to 128.7 lengths. If you swim at 50-metre pool 2 miles will be 64.4 lengths.

How many laps in an Olympic pool is a mile?

An Olympic pool is 50 metres long, so a mile is 32.1 lengths of the pool as 1609.34 divided by 50 = 32.2.

Are swimming laps hard?

In short, yes swimming is hard, but so is any other exercise. Working out is supposed to be challenging, but at the same time it is extremely rewarding too! Swimming uses all the muscles in your body and swimming is very different to walking or running, therefore our body isn’t used to it. With practice swimming will become a lot easier, you’ll be able to swim further and faster before you know it!

More tips on swimming laps

Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or a complete beginner there is always more to learn about swimming. Setting goals is one of the most beneficial tips, make a realistic goal- one that is achievable for your current fitness level, but don’t be too hard on yourself as improving takes time. Working on your breathing is another important component of swimming, as you swim work out how many arm lengths feels comfortable before you take a breath- once you work this out swimming becomes a lot easier. The most important thing is to ENJOY swimming, it should be an activity you want to do rather than something you dread!

 

 


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