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I wish I could still do that. I used to enjoy the water.
My water workouts are the best😁
Good need-to-know information! Thanks!
I have always known that water activities, even water walking are great exercise. I just choose to i9gnore that knowledge. Shame on me!
It's a bit more complicated. Here's a summary of many studies that finds swimming to have positive effects, from the National Institute of Health website.
Swimming does not seem to negatively affect bone mass, although it may not be one of the best sports to be practised in order to increase this parameter, due to the hypogravity and lack of impact characteristic of this sport. Most of the studies included in this review showed similar bone mineral density values in swimmers and sedentary controls. However, swimmers present a higher bone turnover than sedentary controls that may result in a stronger structure and consequently in a stronger bone. "
A few friends and I are getting ready to sign up for water aerobics. So excited
I aqua jog and find it very useful.
Wish that I could swim!
Love swimming/water jogging at the gym ( YMCA), I love that I have access to multiple locations, pools, fitness centers, classes, and courts. I ALOS ENJOY HIKING/BIKING/ROLLERBLADING/RUNNING OUTSIDE, USING WORKOUT DVDS, AND JUMPING ROPE AT HOME. bUT CIRCUIT TRAINING OR WEIGHT TRAINING 2-3 TIMES A WEEK IS GOOD FOR THE BONES, AND YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH DO CARDIO DAILY OR ALMOST DAILY.
After a long time away from the pool, I started back again. I can tell you, I'm working muscles I haven't worked in a long time. I've been trying to go every day, but when I started out, I was actually sore the next day, so I've been swimming laps every other day. It's a great workout for arms, back & legs. I bought swim fins, and that really made a difference. The first time I used them, my quads were sore the next day. I go faster with the swim fins, so I can swim more laps in the same amount of time.
I alternate the swimming with other exercises. Fortunately, my community has a fitness center 1/2 mile from my house. So I can walk there and back, and I can use the exercise equipment and the pool.
I'm VERY lucky that the gym in my neighborhood has a lap pool, so I take advantage of that twice a week, along with my weekly Zumba and spin classes, my running program, as well as work on the elliptical and stationary bike. Plus, it's such a great upper body workout!
I love the water and anyting to do with it but where I live and all the cut backs in services it is very hard to find a pool open within 10 miles of my home
I've always loved swimming and water aerobics and now includes in my weekly exercise routine in SP.I've been telling about the benefits of swimming all along.
This is an interesting article. I would not have thought of swimming as helpful to my bones!
Regarding the comments about swimming being boring or unable to find swim workouts, I highly recommend swimplan.com. It's totally free and will give you personalized swim workouts. I've gotten some great workouts from that site. Each workout also contains drills to help you improve your strokes, and I think drills also add a little fun and variety to your workouts, too.
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