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CLEE1972 Posts: 253
9/1/13 9:34 A

Well it's been about 3 months since I got back in... And I'm so glad I did! I lost about 10 pounds since, sure wish it was more, but it IS more than I would have lost laying on my couch. The hunger pains got better, too, I figured out that they were mostly from dehydration, ironically.

I'm sad that my local pool where I learned to love to go is closing for the fall tomorrow. I signed up for a swimming class/lap swim time at the high school once per week. At least it's something! Now to stay motivated when the weather isn't hot..... I think I might pick up Jazzercise again.

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9/1/13 2:46 A

I love to swim - also water aerobics. Spent much time swimming as a chubby kid, stopped due to self-consciousness and knee problems as a chubbier teenager. Very surprised as an adult to find I could not sink! I had gained so much weight I bobbed like a cork; required no effort to keep afloat. Started swimming laps & built up to an hour or more at a time (slow, mostly crawl) Then had knee surgery & at about that time I also moved away from easy access to a pool. When I finally got back in the water how I floundered to get from one end to the other! But I found laps boring, too - so I started doing aerobics in the pool. Loved that, and have done it regularly for several years. Recently started doing laps again, too. I've been lifting weights and that has really helped my swimming. I still can't sit on the bottom of the pool (yet) but now I have to scull to keep my head above water. I think yes, you should start swimming again - you will love it and probably be better at it than you ever were before!

GRACILU Posts: 466
8/30/13 12:19 P

I think it's great that you have to drive to want to swim. When I'm not traveling for work, I walk to the local pool and do a few laps and then tread water. Being raised military style, I have a picture in my head to be able to tread water like the Coast Guard does (30 minutes at a time). I can only do 2 minutes thus far. When I want a challenge, I go to our local spring fed river (which is clear to the bottom) and swim against the current. I have "Athletic Asthma" yet I still swim and go to the gym. Not looking forward to winter time and cutting out my swimming sessions. I may try rowing.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
6/23/13 8:38 P

I was a Red Cross swim instructor, lifeguard, and lifeguard instructor for 20 years, then quit for ten years. Yep! It was like riding a bike. I just got in and did it again, no I didn't forget. However, I didn't realize how much upper body strength I had lost! Glad I got going again!

Had knee surgery 3.5 weeks ago. When the doctor gave me the OK to go swimming, I was glad to get in and get moving to get my heart rate up. Great exercise after knee surgery while waiting for it to recover so I can walk and later run again!

have fun with it!

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6/23/13 7:27 P

I have had asthma since I was about 3 years old and had to take 3 different meds for it. I started swimming in High School and in less than a year I was off all my meds. I think it had to do with learning to control your breathing as you swim.

CLEE1972 Posts: 253
6/23/13 5:52 P

I found out I have asthma a few months ago.... What is the benefit of the caffiene? Does it help with stamina? I am curious and intrigued :) Will have to do some reading on that.


Edited by: CLEE1972 at: 6/23/2013 (17:55)
ALHINTON15 Posts: 142
6/23/13 4:32 P

Once you learn how to swim, you don't forget how, no matter how long it has been. But, when you're starting back, take it slow. You will have to build up.

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6/23/13 1:40 P

Swimming in great at any weight. I love to swim and exercise in the pool

6/23/13 2:27 A

I am as slow as anyone in the pool but I just keep swimming. I love it. I always have a light snack of of carbs and protein before, and because I have a touch of asthma, I have a little bit of caffein. There is nothing better to beat the heat in summer than a nicel long swim. Go at your own pace and enjoy it. Refuse to feel any way but empowered.

BYEPOUNDS Posts: 7,204
6/22/13 11:03 P

i drink water and have a snack or food of about 100 calories on the way to the pool

best of luck

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6/22/13 10:47 P

You might try eating a small, well balanced (carb, fat & Protein) snack about 15-20 minutes before you swim.... The carbs will get you through the swim, and the protein/fat will be kicking in about the time you finish. I happen to like: fruit and nuts, or Peanut Butter and Crackers, or yogurt...or even a glass of milk. Just not too much!!

The other item us swimmers frequently overlook is drinking enough water for our workout!! That might be part of the "hunger pangs" actually.....

Glad you are enjoying the swimming again!

PS to AZULVIOLETA6 who does a mile in 35---You have my admiration!! I'm still poking along at about 55 min for a mile! Probably because I only do swimming once in awhile... most of my cardio is walking/biking.

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 6/22/2013 (22:50)
CLEE1972 Posts: 253
6/22/13 5:18 P

Thank you everyone for the suggestions and encouragement. I found a public pool in my area this week and got started!

I can only do about a lap at a time right now, before I run out of steam... But did at least 2 full laps and spent at least an hour each trip in the water, mostly treading in the deep areas. Haven't stepped on the scale yet but my muscles tell me this is a good thing.

But oh the hunger pangs when I get out!! I need to come up with some after swimming to help curb that without negating my workout. Any ideas there?

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6/6/13 3:41 P

I got back in the pool at 300 pounds because it was the only thing that I could do when I was ill. The low-impact exercise is a great place to start for getting back into shape. Of course you will remember how to swim!

At first I found it hard to swim a half mile and it took least an hour. Now I can do a whole mile (mostly backstroke) in about :35.

Good can do it!

P.S. I recommend getting some good lap swimming (short) fins. They really give your legs an improved workout. I got mine on

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (43,879)
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6/6/13 11:55 A

I too took time off from swimming and wanted to get back to it. Breathing was the hardest thing to get the rhythm back, and the backs of my shoulders were SO sore after the first swim, but it felt great! You've got nothing to lose :)

AMANDA660 Posts: 881
6/6/13 8:00 A

You sound just like me! I started back a few years ago and so glad I did. I'm not going to pretend I didn't feel out of place the first few trips but now I swim 2-3x a week. A few weeks ago I got asked if I was training for the upcoming triathlon - so not but that comment still makes me smile. Get back in the water friend and enjoy yourself!

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6/6/13 7:48 A

pool is water is too cool for me will turn heater on sat. and swim if weather permits

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6/6/13 7:34 A

Your body remembers. It won't be pretty at first but as long as you take it slow and let how your body feels guide you, it will come back.

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6/5/13 11:48 P

Other than perhaps taking it slower, and working to get my breathing rhythm back in sync --I always did hate the Crawl!--, I certainly didn't have any problem returning to swimming. Over the years I'd been in & out recreationally, but hadn't done laps or consistent swimming since college.... Take it slow & easy, and ENJOY!!

CLEE1972 Posts: 253
6/5/13 9:24 P

I used to swim all the time in my teens/20s and was even a certified lifeguard once... Before I had a weight problem. Now I'm 40, overweight, sedentary, and want to start swimming again to get back into shape while not killing my joints.

Is swimming like riding the proverbial bike, you never really forget how? I'd love to hear any tips from experienced swimmers :)

Thanks! Claire

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