It's true that swimming is not particularly good at weight loss for women, but it is good for sculpting and fitness. And these ozone system pools leave your skin SOOOOO soft and moisturized. Don't know how, but maybe it is because the acid balance is better controlled than in chlorinated water. Also, your hair won't turn green, LOL.
Main thing I need to work on is patience! I'm in such a hurry and do too much for the old joints to handle. Turns out that muscles develop faster than ligaments, so it is easy to damage the connective tissues by trying to go too fast with the workouts. Not so true of young people, but some of us aren't exactly 20 anymore, ;b
Good for you Cheryl. I've avoided swimming because of the chlorine. I don't know how these older women do it. My skin is already super dry. And I agree that weight is not a great determination of fitness. I haven't lost any weight in over 6 months but people keep telling me I look thinner. And I feel even better than and fitter than I did 6 months ago.
SparkPeople is more than I have committed time for, most days--so many things to do! However, I have made progress from my beginning, even if I have not lost weight:
I have learned that fitness has little to do with weight: my daily steps are double what they were two years ago, when I'd typically have to rest for a couple days after taking even a mile walk.
I have discovered that even the slightest reduction in caloric intake leaves me groggy and so fatigued that I can't even sit up straight in a chair the next day.
Recently learned some Chi Gong moves that not only feel like a workout, but also de-stress and relax me. Surprising.
Put a small electric assist on my big recumbent trike so that I can deal with the hills until I get my bike muscles back in shape (Oh, the freedom again!)
Found a pool that is not chlorinated so that I can begin swimming for the first time in 16 years -- Kennedy Fitness complex here uses an ozone system. Yippee! Of course, finding a swimsuit to fit my weird shape is going to be a challenge...but I'm up for it!
So Spring has sprung at my house. :) Hope all of you are similarly energized.
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