Swimming for Health
Thursday, July 14, 2011
No one ever said that all this diet and exercise would be easy, just worth it. I have recently made a new commitment to get back on the program of good diet and exercise. The good part is that I now live in a place with a large pool and have been swimming laps every morning. This pool is in a “U” shape. I’ve calculated it to be approximately 60 feet down each leg of the U and about 40 feet across the bottom (this is measuring down the center of the swimming lane that I take.) Monday - Wednesday I swam each leg and across the bottom of the U 10 times each day. That is 1,600 feet or 4,800 feet for the three days. Today I swam it 12 times which works out to 1920 feet. That is 6,720 feet or 1.27 miles. If I can do 12 times tomorrow that will be over a mile and a half for the week. All this plus watching what I eat has enabled me to lose 3 ½ lbs. Ok that’s exciting don’t you think? Yes, it is tough work, I mean that swim is grueling, but it has certainly proven to be worth it. I will have to say also that the swimming is much less stressful on my body than running. I’m planning on adding in some core building strength exercises soon. I will, however, need someone to give me some guidance on the use of the machines in our gym. We’ll see how it goes.