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LIFENPROGRESS SparkPoints: (103,094)
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7/23/14 2:11 P

Thank you all so much for the great advice and information! emoticon

LIFENPROGRESS SparkPoints: (103,094)
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7/23/14 2:09 P

I don't swim laps as I'm not a good swimmer. I ALWAYS have a noodle and I stay in the shallower end (about 4 feet) of the pool. I swim from short end to short end a few times and then tread water (no noodle). I also do kicks, scissors, and water-walking.

I feel GREAT afterwards!

I also do regular pavement walking daily and strength training (3X per week).

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 61,428
7/23/14 1:55 P

You've gotten some good advice already, and I agree that your body will start to tell you if you're overdoing it. If you feel good and it's giving you energy, not wearing you down, then it sounds like you're on the right track :)

Coach Jen

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,681)
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7/23/14 1:43 P

Listen to your body. If it's feeling good, you're not overtired, and the changes you see are positive, you're doing fine. Don't worry about it. :)

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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7/23/14 1:25 P

I'm not a SparkCoach obviously, but I'm a frequent swimmer/former lifeguard and I see nothing wrong with playing around in the water for 90 minutes. It's low impact and it doesn't seem possible to overdo that.

Why no laps? It's hard to quantify what you are doing in the water unless you can measure distance/time. For me, 90 minutes in the water would mean swimming almost 3 miles, which is about like running a marathon. Maybe that's where the "overdoing it" idea comes in?

DRYADSARAH SparkPoints: (194)
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7/23/14 12:40 P

If your body is not screaming at you, you are not overdoing it. Plain and simple. That isn't to say, though, that you might not want to add other activities in the mix to get a bit of variety.

LIFENPROGRESS SparkPoints: (103,094)
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7/23/14 11:42 A

I'm 53, 5' 3" and 261 lbs.

I've been going about 4X per week to a heated pool. I swim, tread water, water-walk / jog, etc. Usually about 90 minutes each time.

I've had someone tell me that I'm "over-doing" the swim time.

I wonder about that... I'm not doing laps -- it's casual swimming. The heated water soothes my arthritis... and I've lost 4 1/2 inches.

Am I really over-doing it? This is low-impact and I really don't want to stop as we'll close the pool in October until April / May.

Your input is valuable to me. Thank you!

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