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Swimming: Take the Plunge!

The All-in-One Workout

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  • I love the water. It is so freeing.
  • I need to get to the pool but there is 1 step in and out of pool that is difficult to use. Maybe that will be another bit of exercise getting up and down that 1 step...all the rest are nice and spaced just right
  • I swim regularly and have my whole life. It is one of my favourite workouts.
  • Five more months to go until my first hip replacement. What has this got to do with swimming? I have found that swimming is the ONLY exercise I can do that does not involve pain. I try to be in the pool 3 times a week and have been swimming regularly since last October. I created an exercise routine that is fun and involves a number of different strokes and keeps my hips flexible. Of course the pain returns as soon as I leave the pool. :-(

    We have a 25m pool at the Y and I found a time during the day that is quiet and I don't have to share a lane as I am moving relatively slowly. I start out with on my back with a snow angel stroke (best way to describe it) and long slow scissor kicks. At half way I switch to regular backstroke. At the end of the lap I hold the edge and do a set of hip flexion (single leg splits). On the way back I do a bicycle kick sort of treading water. At half way I switch to regular breaststroke. 20-30 sec rest and repeat.

    I have found that it takes me approx. 60 minutes to do 1000m at this pace. The time goes by very quickly and if the pool remains 'un-busy' I will continue for as long as I can. Best I have done is 90 minutes which I think worked out to approx. 1500m.

    To the swimmers in the crowd it may not seem like a lot. But to me.... I am scheduled for both hips to be replaced later this year. This is the only exercise that I can do that takes the weight off my hips and reduces the pain. Outside of the pool I need to use a cane and am only able to walk short distances without rest. Swimming is a godsend as it exercises the whole body, is a great cardio exercise and supplements my strength training (water provides constant resistance). And it burns calories like crazy!! 60 minutes of swimming for me (classified as Swimming - General on SP) will burn about 500 calories.

    So everyone .... into the pool!!
  • I love swimming at my local Y. I usually go 4 days a week. On the 2 days I ride the recumbent bike for 20 minutes & do 20 minutes of low intensity (chair) strength training I also swim (breast stroke) for 1 hour. On the 2 other days I'll swim (breast stroke) for 1 hour then do 30 minutes with the kick board. Love love love the water.
    So much easier on my knees too.
  • I love the water only form of exercise that I truly enjoy, I go to the pool four to five times a week, always come out with a smile on my face. We have some pretty ruff winters but I still go unless the snow is so deep that it is hard to get out of the driveway.
  • My rec center only has an outdoor pool. It's actually a water park and rec center. Anyway, from June until September I do water aerobics there and synchronized swimming. There is also a Seniors water aerobics that is gentler that I attend. I am there 5 days a week in the morning. We even do it on days that are only 65 degrees so it takes energy (calories) to warm up. In the early morning one of the pools is open for lap swimming too. I haven't done that yet. It's way too early in the morning for me.

    I am a fish in the water, and am very comfortable there with my 300+ pound body. Hopefully it will be a lot less when I start the water aerobics in June.
  • My rec center only has an outdoor pool. It's actually a water park and rec center. Anyway, from June until September I do water aerobics there and synchronized swimming. There is also a Seniors water aerobics that is gentler that I attend. I am there 5 days a week in the morning. We even do it on days that are only 65 degrees so it takes energy (calories) to warm up. In the early morning one of the pools is open for lap swimming too. I haven't done that yet. It's way too early in the morning for me.

    I am a fish in the water, and am very comfortable there with my 300+ pound body. Hopefully it will be a lot less when I start the water aerobics in June.
  • I love swimming, too. It was a favorite thing to do when camping and on day trips to the state park beaches. My cousin had a membership at the Y when I was a young teen and she often treated me to a guest pass. We had hours of fun!
    Then I grew up, married and had kids and didn't do much swimming. Now that my youngest girls are 9 and 10...and Sparkpeople told me to choose a new goal/activity that I loved, it really hit home that I was NOW able to do what I had always wanted to do! Each working family member chips in to pay for a membership at the Y and off I go! Swimming is AWESOME. It helped me lose my first 10 lbs and I'm excited to see what happens next in my fitness. :)
  • KAREN2LOSE55
    I just joined a fitness center because of wanting to try out swimming and see how it goes. And I'm finding out that I love it. I never really cared for water growing up and later and it feels so good to be able to get some exercise in some other way than walking, etc. My Rheumatologist just recently told me that he wanted for me to find another form of exercise other than walking because my feet have gotten so bad with OA and RA, so this new form of exercise is making me so happy and so happy in fact, that I find myself craving it on the days I don't go! I love how I can walk and jog in the pool and have virtually no pain during or afterwards. Now that's a miracle to me!!
  • SOVTSPARKLER
    I am recovering from Multiple Myeloma and had a stem cell transplant almost 2 years ago. I also had a bi-lateral knee replacement (before cancer) and have two femur rods. I love swimming and I am so grateful I can get in the water to do my laps. My aim is to swim 1/2 mile 2 or 3 times a week at our YMCA; I also do another 1/2 hour of (slow) water pilates, deep water aerobics, or exercises in the shallow end to work my legs.
  • EMERALDISLES
    I enjoy swimming/water jogging/treading water at the gym ( YMCA) and in the ocean. Nice to have indoor/outdoor options. Would like to try aqua zumba and aqua kickboxing. I've done water aerobics as well.
  • Where is the funnist stroke butterfly?
  • I now really dislike swimming as for some reason I used to be BETTER at it when I was THIN. Last few times when I used to go to the pool with my ex neighbour I used to go up to my neck and do kata in the water.

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