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Speaking of Water . . .

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I think this bod will always refuel
Whenever I put it in the pool

It helps my body to transform
Just to have the water warm.

But if weather makes that impossible
I find the warm sauna absolutely to-die-ful!

Can anyone tell me what it means in the fitness tracker to tread water for 30 minutes and burn 447 calories? Now, I can tread water the way they taught us in high school swimming class. But that was to conserve energy if we were ever to fall out of a boat in the Gulf of Mexico. We learned to almost dead man float and exert a little effort when we needed a breath, just enough effort to raise our head out of the water to breathe, look around for rescue, and then go back down again. I call it the crocodile float today. What I know is I can float vertically all day and not move a muscle.
I'm sure that is NOT what is intended to burn over 400 calories in 30 minutes!!

So, I think I need a video. Because I'd like to go on doing this and benefitting with the calorie burn. The things I do with my legs also benefit them. I have no more leg pain, where it used to keep me awake at night. That is enough motivation to get to the pool daily and keep that pain away. But I also want to manage my calories in my Tracker goals properly for weight loss, not gain.
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  • ANGEL1066
    I used to run across the deep end standing tall and counted it as treading water. I envy you the lovely pool. Can't wait for summer.
    1885 days ago
    When I did swim aerobics we actually had to run on the spot and it was very hard work. I think that or walkiing on the spot and lifting legs high is what counts as treading water.
    Your pool looks fabulous, wish I had one. LOL! Swim about! That does the trick!
    1885 days ago
    PS Your pool is SOOOOO (SO) nice! That is almost uncomparable to the dirty stinky moldy cold building that I have to go to if I want to swim!
    1885 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2013 4:40:54 PM
    Treading water to me means you are 'standing up' in the water, kicking your legs all the time, being upright. You have to kick pretty frequently to stay in that position. I was told in swimming class to keep my pointed fingers above water and use only my legs.

    like this:

    and like the first 30 seconds or so of this video:
    QiZ8XuBrBWc - BUT, we were taught to keep the fingers / hands above water while using the breast stroke movement for the legs. Not using the arms may make the exercise harder.

    I also found this video:

    1885 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2013 4:39:00 PM
    There are drills you can do while treading water that would up your calorie burn. Glad the exercise is helping with your leg pain!
    1885 days ago
    I do not know the answer to your question, but! I would like to suggest the pool team here on SP. I can't remember the name offhand, but it's a great team, full of ideas. You may want to check it out. emoticon
    1885 days ago
    With the crocodile float, you are lying horizontal in the water and moving very little. Treading water usually means you are vertical in the water, with your head and shoulders above the water. Your legs are kicking and your arms move side to side, which keeps you above the water and constantly moving, but still staying in the same place. To me, the exertion is about the same that you would use if you were just slowly swimming, instead of trying to race.
    You are kicking about once per second and your arms move forward for about 2 seconds, then back for 2 seconds.
    1885 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2013 12:53:32 PM
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