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HELP! I want to learn to swim!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I want to learn how to swim. I have been around water nearly all my life. Trips to the lake, to the beach and yes sometimes even the pool when in was travelling in my military days. However, during all that time, I never learned how to swim. For some reason I never thought it important. But now, I want to learn how to swim.

I said I was not going to join any gyms because that is an expense I really don’t need, especially since I am now unemployed, but guess what, I did it anyway. Monday I took my happy self down to the Health and Wellness Center which is 15 miles away and signed up (my daughter and me) for 3 months. Now since, I’ve made that commitment I may as well take advantage of it. I have decided to try a spinning class and Zumba class; wish me luck on both.

The main purpose for the blog is the swimming lessons. I am so excited about it I can hardly wait. The bad news is adult lessons do not start until August 10th. I was wondering if any of you had any advice on what I can do to prepare for the lessons. From my understanding the instruction is for 6 lessons so I need to learn as much as possible within that time. So again, if you guys have any suggestions for me as to how I can prepare ahead of time I would greatly appreciate it.

Before I close let me leave you with this: Remember to celebrate your small successes as they can lead to big benefits. It is easy to become discourage because we have not reached an ultimate goal and we fail to realize the improvements we have made on the path to those goals. If you are still in the weight loss fight and you are truly giving it all you got, that alone deserves applause and a pat on the back. Appreciate yourself and encourage yourself for where you are now, we have no control over tomorrow so be appreciative of the accomplishment made today.
Peace and Blessings

Julynn
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  • ZELLAZM
    Yay, Julynn for trying something new, something that will be easy on the joints and cooling in the summer - you're going to have a blast! I'm a water rat myself, though I don't have a good pool nearby. Enjoy!

    Michelle
    3380 days ago
  • THENHEATHERSAID
    HOORAY FOR THE GYM!
    i also do not know how to swim - i can SURVIVE, but i look like a fool.
    I am PROUD OF YOU for making this step.
    (and ZUMBA is FABULOUS!!!)
    3380 days ago
  • SVELTEGODDESS
    You are accomplishing so much on your journey to health! Water walking or jogging in the shallow end is a great way to get used to the water. Also getting used to putting your head underneath the water without stress is a plus so you can really focus on learning the skills in your lessons. By wearing a pair of goggles, so you can see under water, practice holding your breath. This itself is a skill that you lungs need to get used to. Feeling comfortable enough to play in the water makes a big difference, and starting in the shallow end where your comfortable is a great start! emoticon
    3381 days ago
  • SVELTEGODDESS
    You are accomplishing so much on your journey to health! Water walking or jogging in the shallow end is a great way to get used to the water. Also getting used to putting your head underneath the water without stress is a plus so you can really focus on learning the skills in your lessons. By wearing a pair of goggles, so you can see under water, practice holding your breath. This itself is a skill that you lungs need to get used to. Feeling comfortable enough to play in the water makes a big difference, and starting in the shallow end where your comfortable is a great start! emoticon
    3381 days ago
  • 2JSMAMA
    Julynn how fantastic for you! I'm so proud of you for wanting to learn to swim! I'm always surprised how many people don't know how to swim --how exciting for you!

    As for learning to swim, my mother was almost 30 before she learned and thanks to her my sisters and I all are great swimmers! I think the advice you've gotten so far is fantastic. Water aerobics to just get you used to the water would be great, but just learning to relax and float is definitely the first step. If you freak out, your body tightens up and you sink like a rock! Getting your face under the water and getting used to controlled breathing is really important too. You'll do it and you'll love it! I'm so proud of you! Keep it up!!!

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    3381 days ago
  • RACHELMARLENA
    Julynn I am so proud of you! I think you are going to love the change of pace that the gym offers. Take as many classes as possible (variety) so you can see what you like best. Also take advantage of cardio/weight machines you otherwise would not have access to. As far as swimming lessons I have a few pieces of advice. Start going to the pool NOW and just get used to being in the water. It is such a different medium and will take some getting used to. Stay in the shallow end and walk around a bit, practice going underwater, and not breathing while underwater (there is no need to "plug" your nose with your fingers when going underwater as long as you do not try to breathe in). If your gym offers it, you might consider a water aerobics class. All of the ones I have seen do not have any swimming componets, but of course check. The more familiar with and comfortable with the water you are, the more time you can spend focusing on actually learning to swim. Good luck!
    Rachel
    3381 days ago
  • WAHZOE
    No advice but just to say I remember when I was learning to swim as a kid in the shallow end, my dad was having adult lessons in the deep end, also learning.

    It's so worth doing and I wish you all the best with it.
    3381 days ago
  • DBELLE39
    Hey girl,
    I applaud you for your decision to want to learn to swim. I can't offer any help there since I never learned, after 2 close calls to drowning I have this terrifying fear of water so rather than float like most people, my body goes into sinking mode when people have tried to teach me. I know you can do this, good luck with your lessons.
    I think that's great that you & your daughter signed up @ the health club together! Enjoy the mom/daughter time together as you challenge each other.
    Take care & let us know how your classes go @ the health club!
    3381 days ago
  • NYCFA1
    Wow! Good luck with the swimming. I can *swim* but not well, like if I fall in I wouldn't drown but I'd last less time then someone who could swim. LOL My 7 & 4 yr olds swim better then me. LOL Good for you doing this! I'm excited to read about your progress.
    3381 days ago
  • ELIZABETH50
    HuRRAY for you! I think learning something as an adult like swimming is sooo brave. Personally, I am afraid of horses - deeply terrified of them.
    They say that learning to swim in warm water is easier - I hope the pool is heated!
    Swimming is the most wonderful magical thing. Once your in the water - it doesn't matter what you are on land - in the water you are free from your weight - gravity has less pull - it is my one of my FAVOURITE past times. Keep us posted on your progress. I am going up north to a lake that is never more than 65 degrees - and I can't wait. ( I am Canadian - and I think part polar bear) I will be thinking of you and keeping you afloat with good thoughts!


    3381 days ago
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