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Get Fit with Swimming

By on June 16, 2017

Doesn't this beautiful blue saltwater pool just look so incredibly inviting? Anyone up for a swim? Doesn’t this beautiful blue saltwater pool just look so incredibly inviting? Anyone up for a swim?

One of the things I love about living in a nice apartment complex, is that we have a nice fitness center AND an outdoor saltwater pool on location, available to any and all residents. Growing up in Canada, one would never dream of having an OUTDOOR pool to enjoy because winters are too cold. If you did have an outdoor pool, it would only be used a few months of the year. Here in Southern California, it’s almost unheard of to have an indoor pool, or even to have no pool at all! I love that winters in Los Angeles permit active peeps like me to swim on pretty much any given day.

Now, I’m not your swim-meet girl who swam for competition growing up (I have a girl friend who grew up with a private pool and she actually swam for a team, even going to places in the Caribbean to compete!!), but I do enjoy swimming every once in a while. I can remember taking swimming lessons right from a young age, and enjoying it, but not loving it to the point of wanting to do it all the time.

Anyway… Something changed later in life, and over the last few years, I’ve come to experience a fresh love for “water fitness”.

Ok. So I love adventure and I love variety. I’ve always been like that. As a kid, I tried who-knows-how-many different sports and activities, enjoying some more than others, but definitely loving quite a few different sports. Well, in recent years, I’ve begun to seriously enjoy swimming laps outside in the sun. There’s something so refreshing about jumping into a cool pool when the sun is shining down on you, becoming fully immersed in water, and then kicking and paddling to swim a front stroke from end to end, many times over.

This is what I’ve been up to. I came back from spin class the other day with a craving do some pool action. I changed out of my cycle gear and into swim gear, jumped in the pool without even thinking about the temperature (because I’m a wimp when it comes to slowly stepping into cool water- I need to get in fast to not chicken out!), and started immediately pushing water and swimming back and forth across the length of the pool. It felt sooooo good! AND by the time I moved on over into the hot tub to soak my muscles, I was breathing hard and feeling revived!

It’s not every day that I jump into the pool (I’m definitely in the hot tub more than I am in the pool), but sometimes it’s just nice to change up a workout, work another area of your body, and go easy on your joints! In fact, swimming is the perfect form of exercise for anyone struggling with joint problems, as well as for any lady who’s pregnant with child! The reason being, swimming is a completely low-impact sport – meaning you’re not bouncing around on those ankles and knees like you are when you go running- and yet you still get a fabulous workout in! My cousin who races full and half marathons quite regularly has given birth to 2 children over the last 4 and a half years, and while being pregnant, she would resort to swimming laps in the public pool. It’s great exercise and easy on that prego tummy!

There’s a man who lifts weights in the gym at my apartment complex every morning between 7 and 8am. I run into him any time I use our gym at that time of day. He used to be a hardcore basketball player but ruined some of his joints with the impact. Now he continues to get his cardio workout in by using the swimming pool! Warm or cold, sun or rain, this man swims his laps. There’s another man- a senior citizen- that I also often see in the pool. He swims laps to train for swim competitions- the most recent competition that I heard about being just 3 months ago! Already in his late 70’s, this man continues to race races and stay fit! If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is!

Swimming is great for all ages, and good for all body types. I highly encourage you to try swimming laps for exercise once in a while. Find a gym near you that has a lap pool, and get in there and go! It’ll get your heart pumping, your lungs grasping for air, and your body feeling good!

Swimming lengths in my saltwater pool. Ah. Feels so great! Swimming lengths in my saltwater pool. Ah. Feels so great!

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