How do you start a new sport?
Thursday, April 01, 2010
For some time now - I have been wanting to swim. Don't get me wrong - I KNOW how to swim. I learned at a young age and have even been through combat survival swimming in the Marine Corps where I jumped off a 50 foot platform into a pool and swam for an hour in full camo gear with an 80 pound pack and my rifle. Good times.............
So now - looking back - this is the one "sport" I don't really know that much about and would love to get into it more.
Should I just hop in a pool and start swimming freestyle back and forth until I am tired?
Are there programs I can follow?
Dare I ask - should I take a lesson?
Do you wear your cute 2 piece while performing this act? Speedo one piece? GASP!
Reasons I want to swim:
1. No impact cardio: I constantly battle sore limbs from running. I have problems with shins, knees and feet - almost constantly. Buying expensive shoes and good insoles have solved almost all of them - but it's still an issue on some level - especially when I kick training into high gear.
2. I actually went out and bought goggles and a cap to wear to the pool - 4 MONTHS AGO! I want to use them.
3. Health benefits for you entire body are endless - and I want them!
So - I am putting this out here for advice on how to tackle this hurdle I have put in front of myself. Once I get going - I will swim at the 24 hour fitness pool I belong to. My question is - how do I get going? Or should I just DO IT?