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Swimming: Take the Plunge!
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I am loving swimming now at almost 30, but most fitness sites (including Spark) are only focused in "dry" training. Everyone should try swimming, the effects show up much more faster, it's like everyone always told me, "a complete exercise". I am losing weight, getting fit and eating chocolate!
I just learned to swim this year at the age of 51. It is fabulous!! YOu are never too old to learn!
I love swimming! Not only is it great cardio but it’s also super relaxing—and a great way to tone my arms and back.
I've been swimming regularly for almost two years now. It was very difficult, at first, just to do one 25 yard lap without gasping for air! But I joined a Masters swim team (named for age ~ adults only ~ not because you've "mastered" it) and not only have I drastically improved, but have made some fun, new friends to boot! I LOVE to swim!
Swimming is fantastic exercise, but I can relate to the issue of chlorine. It's very bad when you swim at an indoor pool. The pool where I swim is in a new building that pulled out all the stops in terms of ventilation, but the odor is still eye-watering!
I'm a terrible swimmer, but I keep at it hoping to reap the benefits.
I'm going to swim some laps when I take a 3 week credit course at a university about an hour's drive from me. since I'm going to be there anyway, I might as well take advantage of the pool they have there....
thats the plan anyways...
I started with water walking and then went into water jogging. I took classes here and there. Then i had both hips replaced (at different times) and I am back in the water, swimming, finning, water jogging/walking and taking classes when they are available. I love the water and the way I feel after a workout in it. I can't do any land exercises because of my hips but I am perfectly happy and feel like I get a great workout in the water. I have not lost any actual pounds but everyone tells me I look like I am losing weight. I feel like I have definitely toned down I do wish the scale would show it but I feel so much better. I even bought a waterproof mp3 player to jazz up my water jogging that can get a little boring.
Too bad all schools can't teach swimming to all students, since it is a lifelong sport along with tennis and golf.
I am a competitive swimmer and loved this article. Technically the only pick I have is that breathing for the crawl should occur with the entire body rolling, not just the head. Turning the head to breathe encourages the feet to drop and the line in the water to be skewed. While swimming this stroke, you should really be on your side a good portion of the time--much more efficient in the water. Thanks for the nice article.
I love swimming.. unfortunately the chlorine levels in public pools are harsh on my lungs (I have asthma as well as various allergies) and makes aerobic water exercises do a little more harm than good. And there's no swimming laps out in the lake, especially not with all of the people around in the designated swimming areas! -.-;
Loved this article - I've been swimming since January and I miss it when I can't get to the pool! Thanks for letting everyone know - the lanes may be more crowded but the more the merrier!
Great article. I found it necessary to wear "water shoes" during aerobics to protect my feet as the pool has a rough bottom to help prevent slipping in the shallow end.
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