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3/8/13 4:51 P

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Hello and welcome. As for swimming technique, it sounds like you need more help than what could be offered through here. I would suggest a swim coach or try your local YMCA--they sometimes offer stroke technique clinics. I think they run about 6 weeks. For your stiff shoulders and hips I would recommend a stretching program. And the best way to build swim endurance is by swimming. If you can't tread water for 10 minutes, do it for however long you can. Then next time, try to add another minute or two and then keep building from there. That's great you're taking an aerobics class, but land fitness doesn't equate to water fitness unfortunately. Hope this helps.

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3/7/13 4:33 A

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I know very little about swimming. I can float for long periods of time, but to actually swim , my body parts do not seem to go the same direction at the right time. I've never taken lessons except at summer camp as a kid. Now that I'm in my 50's that easy flexibility is gone and so is any muscle memory that I might have had. So I am pretty much starting from scratch.

These are my goals: I would like to be able to tread water for 10 minutes comfortably, and do the breaststroke for 15 minutes. We have a sailboat and those are 2 skills I would like to have.

I am looking for two things. Help with swimming technique. And body coditioning. My shoulders and hips are pretty stiff and my cardio is not spectacular. I've started aerobics since Jan. and from not being able to complete a class to doing one with gusto in two months I´m excited.

Any ideas??

Thanks?

Cheryl



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