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?