Thankfully, my complex has a pool and if I get there when it opens, I can usually have it to myself for at least 30 minutes! I've never been a really strong swimmer, so I alternate true laps with running laps. I run the length of the pool while still doing swimming strokes with my arms.
I also wish I had a pool to swim in. When I was growing up we had above ground pool in the backyard. My brothers and I will make whirlpools and then try to swim or walk against the current. We had a lot of fun! I know if I had access to a pool and able to fit a swimsuit that I was comfortable wearing I'd execerise a lot more often.
I love to swim and wish I could everyday. I mostly do the breaststroke but I usually flutter kick instead of using the frog kick I learned with it as a child. I've also lost my fondness for having my face in the water so I hold my face out when swimming. When the summer is over and the apartment pool closes I'll have to check out the pool schedule at school.
Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness always said that swimming was the perfect exercise working all of the body and building up the lungs and heart. Yet, this exercise was easy on the joints and didn't pound down on the knees and feet.
No butterfly? I learned how to swim well in the last year or two and I can't recommend swimming enough. It will be the cardio that gets me through my 'second stage' of life as the water is sure a softer landing than earth.
I enjoy swimming but our small community only has a seasonal outdoor pool. Fortunately they do offer water aerobics in the summer and this year have added Aqua Zumba! Just wish I had the opportunity year round.
I love swimming and have just recently started doing laps to increase my endurance. Wow, am I out of shape. But I am going to keep at it and look forward to seeing my improvement. And, it is so easy on the joints. Also, it makes me so tired at night!
The only problem is that I can't afford to join a gym with a pool at the moment, and our apartment pool is only open in the summer and closes too early for me to get there after work (not to mention being swarming with kids on the weekends, which makes any sort of sustained swimming difficult).
7/10/2012 8:57:38 AM
We live on a lake and I swim daily, it's just such a part of my life routine now that I miss it when I'm not in there! It's great for my old knee injury and really helps me tone up with the resistance from the water.
One of my husband and my favorite things to do is to swim laps at a local high school. You can really get a good workout in the water. To mix it up, try using kick boards, flippers, or the foam dumbell looking things. These can really change up your water workout!
7/10/2012 8:24:11 AM
I love swimming in the pool, either its relaxing or just donig laps, freestyle is my fav.
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