I recently started up a new form of exercise that I think is SUPER fun, swimming! When I was young I used to live in the pool during the summer. I couldn’t get enough of it. As I started to get older I hardly ever went in the pool and stuck to the Jacuzzi instead for many years. It is so much more relaxing, right? I forgot how good of a workout swimming is! No wonder kids play all day in a pool and then pass out for an afternoon nap right after. It is a total body workout that is extremely beneficial to your overall health.
I have lived my entire life 2 miles away from a community pool that you can pay a small amount of money to use yet have never stepped foot in it, until the other day. I went for the first time and was immediately hooked. Shortly after my first real “swim” I had to get proper attire and picked up some sweet goggles and a new one piece bathing suit (they are so much easier for swimming..) I went again today got a great morning workout in!
The first thing I started thinking about was how much swimming I needed to do in order to feel that I actually worked out. I started searching around for answers and found that Olympic size pools are 50 meters in length. 32 lengths (or 16 laps) is 1 mile. I know that in some triathlons have a 1 mile swim, so that has to be a pretty decent length. I figured I should start with a ½ mile swim and gradually work my way up to 1 mile. That is what I did this morning and it felt great. I was surprised how my heart rate increased so quickly after just a few laps. I found out that this was definitely a good cardio exercise that also is strengthening my arms in the process! Here is a great article explaining the benefits of hopping in the water:
I think it is a great idea to change up your exercise routine every now and then to keep your body in shock. If you stick to doing the same form of exercise day after day you will not see the results you want most likely. So find something new that you enjoy and try incorporating that into your exercise regime for a bit. You might be surprised how your body responds to the change!