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I got a couple new suits from swimoutlet a couple months ago. I also picked up one from Walmart which I'll take on vacation next week.

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Hi!
I'm new to this team, but not new to water aerobics. I wear Reebok chlorine resistant suits with silver macrobiotic all liners. They are a bit more $$ but hold up and outlast any other suits I've tried. I do 1.5 hours water aerobics class M-Th each week. I rinse the suits in cold water after each swim.

Also Swimoutlet.com is a great place for gear. I wear Body Glove water shoes with hook and loop strap fasteners. My first pair was the cheapest and they didn't hold up. This pair was about $35 and they are great and well worth the extra bucks.

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Hmmm wonder if BJ's does since we don't have a Costco near us. I'll have to check.

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Costco has some good Speedo water shoes for both men and women, online and in stores.

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I got a couple that I like though I can't hook the one. I have DH do that before I leave the house. I've been kind of looking online two piece suits and even the "big sale" prices are high. This morning was mowing and I am planning on water aerobics at 6 unless I fall asleep.

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LOL. My swimdress never reaches my knees; but it DOES balloon up funny sometimes, in the water.

Still searching for another suit; looking for the right style & right price. Plus, still on the look out for the aqua shoes. Not in the hurry for either, but, just keeping a look out each time I'm out shopping. We realized (while looking at the big discount stores) that super-cheap is not the way to go, for those types of shoes.

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I used to try the skirted swimsuits but don't like the way they hang when they're wet. I see the ladies getting out of the pool with the skirt stretched way below their knees. I have fat legs but just finally decided if people didn't like it they didn't need to look emoticon We have ladies and men of all shapes and sizes but I never hear any bad comments.

I'm going to have to stop scheduling water aerobics classes because every time I say I'm going something comes up so I can't. I totally spaced off last night's class after that long pension meeting so I figured I would do the 9 am class but then had to drive daughter to work at 9 and grandpa wasn't home to babysit. I can't do tonight because of dinner at church so it will be Thursday and Friday-morning and evening tomorrow?? May be an idea.

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Just so you know--salt water pools do have chlorine, but at a lower level than a typical chlorine pool. They use an electronic charge to separate the sodium and chlorine atoms, freeing the chlorine to its work. All of which is to say that eventually chlorine damage can happen to your suit fabric. It can be worth it in the long run to seek out chlorine resistant suits (and swim bras) even though they are initially more expensive.

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I'm self conscious and like getting suits that are like a dress or skirt. This one I got from Km--t is fine, so far, accept that I can't adjust the straps + I'm short. SOOOO...after feeling REALLY self conscious about it, I've started to wear either a sports bra underneath, or a tight fitting camisole. This makes it all right, then, and I don't have to worry about any "wardrobe malfunctions", especially when stepping out of the pool. I wash my suit each time I swim in it & let hang to dry. I think that helps the elastic to last better, with a chlorine pool. We're currently swimming in a salt water pool (first time doing that) and Idk if it means a swimsuit will fair better, or not......

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I tried some "Sporti" brand suits. The fit is a bit odd (shelf bra sits too low and a moderate cut doesn't offer me enough chest coverage, among other things), but they do seem to last well.

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I like "The Finals" brand suits, from TheFinals.com or sometimes on sale at swimoutlet.com.
I love H2Owear, and it lasts years, but can be quite pricey.
Speedo makes "Endurance" tougher suits that last well. However, they run small. (I love the consistent sizing on regular Speedo suits, so I was surprised when I got an Endurance suit that was too snug.)

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I have gotten suits from WalMart which usually last maybe 6 months of aqua classes-I usually do 3 classes a week. I bought a suit several years ago in Nebraska at Scheels and am still wearing it though recently the lining has separated. I still use it and use a sports bra with it and kind of tuck the lining in under the bra. It is still a snug fit which I want in the pool. The most recent suit I got was a Speedo which is also a nice snug fit but it has faded and stretched out almost as fast as the Wal Mart suit. I am looking online for a new one now and will probably get one of the chlorine resistant suits. Good luck finding one.

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I use chlorine resistant suits and love them. They are expensive compared to the other kind, but they last for at least a couple of years. I have in that way gradually been able to build up a "wardrobe" of suits. To me, they are well worth the money.

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One of the ladies who wears her fitness tracker said she was up 2000 steps after the first class. THAT was the first class which is always slower. I have a Jawbone Up3 and I don't think it can go in the water. :(

One more thing I wanted to ask was if any of you use chlorine resistant swim suits. I got through a total of 17 classes on my last regular suit. Granted, it is just a regular suit and I think it was $20 but still. I have one regular suit that my Mom wore back around 1980 that fits me but that style is not flattering..guess it was called thigh high.

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That sounds like a great way to test it, WETPTARMIGAN! The same women said they got about 400-500 fewer steps in last night's "regular" intensity class.

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They could test it by running in place on land for 1 minute. If that times 40 is around 2000, then their water reading might be within reason.

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These Garmins are new, they just bought them over the weekend. They are supposed to be waterproof. One of them said hers registered 2,000 steps during my 40 minute cardio class. That seems like a lot!

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We have a gal in class who used to wear her WW monitor on her swimsuit in the bra area because that's the only place it really registered for her. She quit wearing it because it would fall off and then we would all be looking for it. I used to wear a Garmin heart rate monitor with the chest strap and the wrist monitor that told calories burned, etc. I really like the way it worked and have been meaning to (for several years) mail it in for a new battery and/or any cleaning that needed to be done. The places at the mall can't do it-they fixed them so only a few places can do the work and you have to preauthorize the charge to your account which is why I haven't done it. I haven't seen any new ones at the local stores that are water proof or even resistant.

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Garmin/FitBit, etc. for water aerobics: Several women in my classes have begun wearing these. I'm curious about how many "steps" are in each of my classes (Regular class and Higher-intensity class).

Does anyone here track their class with a similar device?

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You're right-breathing is good!! emoticon

This morning I did Silver Sneakers-a good class. The instructor is always trying to test our minds by switching up which arm we move in which direction. Today I was having problems getting my feet changed at the right time but at least I kept up and didn't fall over. emoticon

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Practice your breathing a little when you're NOT exercising so you are aware of what you need to do. Tighten your stomach and then breathe while holding them engaged. Practice abdominal breathing, where you breathe down to the bottom of your lungs by relaxing your belly and let it swell out and then squeeze in on a long exhale. Practice what KERRYG155 advises by squeezing your fists on an exhale and relaxing and opening them on an inhale. And then take what you've practiced and use it in your workouts.

This is really important stuff! Holding your breath during exertion is called the Valsalva Maneuver, and while it's a great way to clear your stuffy ears after flying, it also carries the danger of cardiovascular "events" that you definitely don't want to happen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valsal
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I really learned that by having a trainer yelling at me. LOL You need to exhale on the exertion part of an exercise so if you remember that you may remember to suck that tummy in as you do that exhale.

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I know I'm supposed to engage my core when working out, but I tend to hold my breath. Any tips on how to get better at this?

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Thanks, I will check it out!

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There is an older discussion thread on this topic www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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You might sparkmail some of these folks and see if they found good suits.

Students and fellow teachers of my acquaintance have also liked H2Owear suits for coverage, support, and chlorine resistance. www.h2owear.com/ Their phone people are really good at helping you find the best fit based on your measurements. H2O costs a bit more, but their durability really makes up for it.

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I am purchasing a new bathing suit to do water aerobics and swimming 3-4 times per week. Any recommendations for a plus size suit? I am needing something with a lot of support for my breasts (DDD).

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I have been happy with my SPAT measuring my activity in the water aerobics classes. I wear it on my water shoes. Then I come home and change it to a water aerobics workout. I am thrilled to get beautiful graphs ! chris

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Using a heart rate monitor to compare intensity of your work in different water classes is probably the best use of one in the water. Heart rates are generally lower in the water as compared to the same intensity of land exercise. And rates go down faster in the water when activity pauses. Even while you're measuring! Despite all the research done on this subject, the experts can come up with no better measure that RPE, Rate of Perceived Exertion. Which is to say, if you feel like you're working at your max, you are!

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I have a Polar heart rate monitor which is waterproof but it involves wearing the strap around the chest/ribcage. I loved using it in the pool and seeing how much difference there was between the aqua instructors. I haven't used it in years because the battery died and I just haven't gotten around to sending it in for a battery and cleaning.

We had a gal in aqua who wore one of the WW things but it kept falling off her swimsuit. One day I got to fish it out of the pool with my toes two lanes over from where she was. They say you can wear it on your bra/swimsuit to count steps but listening to them talk at WW it monitors your arm movements when worn there. The gals couldn't figure out how they got steps while driving which means it monitored steering, reaching for something, etc.

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Funny you should say that about monitoring steps taken in the pool and how to do it. As I have just come back from doing a half hour of water walking in the pool.

I went with my mother and I did just that. Counted 25 laps and about 23 steps to a lap. So all in all 575 steps while water walking. Happy that I did a solid half an hour, but water walking is not really much exercise. But for me for with my hips I figure at least I have done something rather than nothing.

Thank for the link to the step fitness on here I had forgotten about that, it will be great.
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I had a flex for a while, and for a while it was waterproof. For a while. The only activity monitor I have ever seen that actually remains waterproof for the long term is the one people get from weight watchers. But there are no monitors, none at all, that accurately track exercise in the water. So even when you have a waterproof one, it won't accurately count your steps. emoticon So if you want to count water jogging steps, you could figure out the number you take in a pool lap and multiply that by the number of laps you do, but your monitor still won't know about it. There's a steps tracker in the fitness goals page here www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/fitness2
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I have a fitbit flex but would not wear mine in the pool or the shower even though it says you can wear it in the shower. Just would not want to wreck it lol and have it not work on me. So becuase of this the steps I do in the pool water walking I guess, I am unable to get accurate how many I exactly do in 1/2 an hour.

I brought the Fitbit flex to see with my arthritis limiting my movements sometimes exactly how many steps I do in a day. For me if I can do 5000 or more steps daily I am happy. But sometimes without any pain or troubles I am able to get to the magical 10,000 steps that is average for a normal, average person. Really happy when I can manage that lol

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Thank you for the information on trackers. It sounds like I'm better off just sticking with my Omron pedometer and just counting steps.

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Somebody else will have to answer the Spark Tracker-specific question, but in general there are not many trackers that are waterproof. I had a bracelet-style fitbit that worked for a few weeks, but eventually succumbed. I've seen the Weight Watchers one on people in class, and it does seem to last in the water.

But be aware that no activity monitor I know of truly measures water activity correctly. You can be pumping a water jog for all you're worth, sweat running into your eyes, and breathing very hard, and your device will record that you're moving, but not aerobic. If you can deal with the fact that your device won't give you full "credit" for your water exercise, it can be fun to use one. If a true step count is important to you (or an insurance incentive or work competition) you won't get it from any kind of monitor.

During my fitbit's brief life, I used it mainly to add more movement (as measured in steps) to my daily routine, but when it died, I didn't replace it.

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Can the spark activity trackers be worn in the water to track water aerobic activities? If not are any of the other activity trackers able to be worn in the water.

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I agree with you here...I do Water aerobics m,w, f then on tues & thurs. I do HIIT on the elliptical and cross train with weights. I love the water aerobics because it makes my workouts sustainable. I also mix it up every now and then with Leslie Sansones 3 mile Walk DVD.

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I agree with the recommendation to H2Owear! I especially like their zip-front long-sleeve water jackets if the water is chilly.

Speedo "Endurance" suits are also chlorine resistant. I've been trying suits from thefinals.com lately and so far they wear very well, too. I like their clearance prices for multiple suits and their size charts are comparable with Speedo. Some other swimsuit brands are cut slimmer and don't work well for me.

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Thank you I was just typing in swimming & couldn't find it-I will give water a try-THANKS! emoticon

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it's there. if you search water its the first choice, if you use the old pop - up menu , its listed under other exercises. they have water aerobics, water jogging, water volleyball, and swimming. i take a water fitness class, and enter it as water aerobics. I figure its the closest.

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Question: I'm not sure if there is a post here about this but I was wondering what you choose here on sparkpeople as your fitness list if swimnastics at the YMCA? I don't see any water aerobics on the list for fitness here.

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There's an older thread about what people do when they can't get to the pool www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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My pool's closed, too, this week and I'm working out on my own at a different health club pool on a day pass plus trying to do more walking.

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Q. Our YMCA closed the pool for repairs to the building & pool, and it looks like it will be closed for another 3weeks, Any suggestions on exercises outside the pool? so i don't lose the good progress i've made so far?

I tried hiring one of the Personal Trainers, but dang i am sooo sore, i am not sure i 'll last 3 more weeks with her.

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I don't think there is a 100% solution to this besides keeping your head out of the water emoticon
Various people I know have various methods that they swear by. One is to wet your hair in the shower before you put on the cap. Less pool water soaks your hair because the tap water is already there.
There are chlorine-neutralizing shampoos and conditioners you can buy. One lady I know combines these two by combing a small amount of anti-chlorine conditioner into her hair before she puts the cap on. She says she has to be careful not to use too much lest the hair get so slippery the cap pops off! But her hair does look great.

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Okay another question, my hair is becoming bleached out and in some places has turned blond. is there any help other than wearing a cap?

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The only solution I know of is to buy a suit made of a fabric that is chlorine resistant. They are not necessarily high fashion and can be more expensive, but on a per-wear basis, I find them well worth the price. H2Owear guarantees their suits for a year, and I know from experience they last longer than that. www.h2owear.com/Mens/products/475/1/
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Speedo has chlorine-resistant lines, as does an Australian company, Coolibar. Google can probably find you more.

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Thanks! I ended up doing some gardening & land exercise. It was OK but not as effective as our H2O aerobics. Trusting the pool will be back to 86F 9.3.11 & I'm on for H20 Yoga & H2O aerobics.
Have a good & safe long weekend!!

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If less than 86 degrees is wrong for you, then you're better out of the water. Hard to recommend specific alternatives long distance, but ALL of us need to have an alternative when "our" pool is closed. Pools close down for maintenance, swim meets, holidays, all sorts of reasons. (TWO of mine are closed right now!) We need to have some kind of exercise alternative in our back pockets for such occasions, whether it's an alternative pool or alternative exercise such as a land arthritis class, a video to do at home (or with classmates?), a good location for a walk, or ...??? In fact, I think this sounds like a good new discussion thread!
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I'm out of the pool for the day. A water pipe burst yesterday & while they have it open now, the temp is at 85F. I find that if the water is 86 or below "Arthur" (as in arthritis!) shows up & the detriment seems to outweigh the exercise benefit. I'm a chronic pain patient due to congenital, non-surgical back issues so 1) I can usually work to moderate my pain 2) miss the pools "anti-gravity" benefit for both the arthritis & spine issues.
Any thoughts on this? Any resolution(s)?

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I'd like to know where this information came from--it seems too good to be true.

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I never realized that it was 1 mile. That is a great thing to know. I just always put everything under Water Aerobics.

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I know walking in water for 10 minutes is equal to one mile on land.

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There's often a quandry about how to track strength & cardio exercise in the water, as a lot of water aerobics stuff is both. Track in a way that makes sense to you and rejoice in the fact that when you exercise in the water, you are frequently getting a "twofer'. For more on this subject, there's a "Track Strength Moves" thread under Team Challenge Forum. Enjoy your workouts!
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I have been taking advantage of some time off and have spent lots of time in the pool; in 2 days 180 minutes! My question is how to track the strength training I do. Specifically the arm exercises. Should I track that part of my workout in the strength training part and not the cardiac section?

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HEHE; I meant shoes ( so embarrassing emoticon )

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You don't wear anything??????? emoticon

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Great idea with the knock off Crocks, going to get myself a pair. The flip flops really bother my toes. And I don't wear anything in the water.

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Suggestion: I use the knock off CROC shoes (with holes) as my water shoes. They last forever and the bottoms do not slide on the bottom of the pool. The also drive very quickly.

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I've worn water shoes for years. Some sports stores and lots of discount(during season) carry them or ordered online during the off season. You do need to read about the bottoms for the right surfaces. I like rubber bottoms.

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Thanks for the reply!

I'll bike at least every other week, for now--hopefully a bit more often, actually--and go back to walking when my knees are feeling all better. :)


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Water resistance, as I never tire of saying, is 12 times the resistance of air, which means every move you do in water in every direction pushes against that resistance. You can alter that by using various devices that cause buoyancy or drag to increase resistance in one or more directions. Without thinking about it very much (or at all) you can get a pretty evenly balanced strength workout by moving in water.---BUT---
We live on land; our everyday movement is with and against gravity, so, yes, it's a good idea to do some of your exercise on land whether cardio or strength for the sake of functional fitness.
For the sake of variety and cross-training, I would say change things up. Do lap swimming some days, lift weights or use weight machines or whatever on other days. Maybe try a Group Power class. The most important aspect is variety (to hold your interest) and crosstraining (to keep your physical development balanced). Contracting muscles maintains their mass; not contracting them over time makes them lose mass. How you do that is up to you.
Personally, I do most of my formal exercise in the water, although there is a land component when I teach and demonstrate on deck. Informally, I walk as much as I can and keep some funny rock dumbbells by my desk that I hoist around when the computer is slow or the phone conversation is long.
P.S. Lap swimming is great for cardio.

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So all of these SparkPeople articles about how you need to do strength training or else risk losing muscle mass (and its accompanying calorie burning properties) have totally sold me. I am convinced it's important to do some kind of strength training!

But I'm wondering... My water aerobics class does a good combination of strength and cardio work--a bit of both, every session, 3 sessions a week, for an hour per session (counting warm-up and stretching). I'm thinking of adding in lap swimming for two more days, in addition to this. Do you think this plan will prevent me from losing muscle mass? (I'm not precisely buff, now.) Or do I really need to add in some dedicated strength time, on land, as well?

Along those lines, I'd be really interested to know what other exercises any of you do, besides water aerobics!

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