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).
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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 :)
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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?
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