Taking the plunge

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

So, after almost two years of membership I have *FINALLY* checked out my gym's pool. It was one of the selling points of the gym but I think I was intimidated by all of the lap swimmers. This past Sunday I decided to finally get in the pool and try to swim some laps.

I've always loved the water. There are pictures of me when I was only about 6 months old happily splashing in the pool. I enjoy the ocean and love just chilling in the pool whenever possible but swimming laps has always seemed boring to me. Recently I've been inspired to give it another chance after reading some blogs written by my SP friend Callikia (check her out, her blogs are inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking) who recently started taking her workouts to the pool as a result of some injuries.

I packed my gym bag on Sunday with a suit and my regular workout gear in case the pool didn't have an available lane. I think I was hoping that I wouldn't be able to swim. I'm a scaredy cat sometimes. Luckily there was only one other person swimming laps. I got in the pool and was pleasantly surprised that it was a salt water pool and not chlorine. The temperature was perfect and it's not a very big pool so I felt comfortable.

I made a plan to swim about 25 laps. I thought that was a good number. I started off doing two laps with a kick board, followed by two laps of breast stroke, then two of crawl and back to the kick board again. I quickly did 25 laps and then decided to go for time instead of distance. I figured 30 minutes was a good amount of time. Once that mark was met I didn't feel like getting out of the pool yet. So, I kept swimming and swimming and swimming. I was having "fake races" with the other people doing laps in the pool and that was pushing me to go faster and try a little harder. I only got out of the pool after an hour because it was time for the kid swim hour.

When I plugged my time into the SP fitness tracker I saw that I had burned more than 1,000 calories in that hour. Wow! That was definitely motivation to keep swimming in my fitness repertoire. I was exhausted and accomplished after my workout on Sunday. I took Monday off but then I was back again for another hour in the pool on Tuesday. I'm looking forward to swimming two or three times a week, even after the summer is over. (Luckily it's an indoor pool.) =)

What are your favorite ways to burn calories? Is your fitness routine different for different seasons?
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    I love stationary cycling. But I walk outdoors more in the Autumn.
    2141 days ago
    I'm so proud of you for trying something different.

    2398 days ago
    Swimming is easily one of my favorite activities. That and running for intentional fitness. I also like hiking.
    2453 days ago
    That's so cool ... emoticon You rock!
    2454 days ago
    Yay! How cool they have a salt water pool! That should save your swimsuit some wear and tear as well. Word of warning? The online calculators never seem to be very spot on with my calorie burn when it comes to swimming. It usually guesses about 200-300 over, but I just figure it's because I'm just SO awesome at swimming (and it's still a good calorie burn so who cares?!). ;)
    2472 days ago
    That's awesome!!! Glad you finally tried it out and loved it!!
    2474 days ago
    I live very close to where my mom grew up, and there is a place pretty far back in the woods where she swam as a kid. It takes about 30-45 minutes to hike there, and it's mostly downhill. Then, the swimming hole is about the distance across an Olympic sized pool - maybe just slightly longer. Then you have to hike out - all uphill. Probably my favorite work out in the world is to hike down there, swim up and down the creek a few times and hike out. I'm always super exhausted but happy afterward.
    2474 days ago
    Salt water pool? Fancy shmancy! Good for you for changing up your workout. I love swimming too but I don't have access to a pool. Sounds like you had a great time and seriously torched some calories!

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