Running and Strength for Dive Fitness
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday was my first or second day running since mid-July. One of my main concerns was that I would have a problem with shin splints. Luckily, I got through my workout without them manifesting. They have plagued me every time I have begun running after stopping for a while. It looks like I’ll be able to move forward from here with my running/walking program and keep my fitness level increasing. A goal has always been to transition quickly into strictly running but this time around I’m content to continue combining walking with running if it will keep me motivated and out the door.
Enjoying scuba diving like I do, I feel strength conditioning is just as important as cardio. You have to move around a lot of heavy gear, often times in rolling seas, on a pitching boat. At the end of a dive, you have to climb up a steel ladder in full gear. You may have had to swim against strong currents during the dive. I know I have lost muscle mass over the past few years and I want to recover it and maintain it as well as possible. When I dove last Sunday I was impressed with how easily I boarded the boat after both dives. This was a motivator in itself to continue strength training. I’ve been following the Body for Life plan and I use a combination of dumbbells and a basic Boflex machine.
As soon as I tighten up a bit more on the nutritional aspect of my life, I think I’ll see more progress. These things take time.