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    i happened to take my kids swimming to the pool a few days ago. i had a hydroslide with them and then swum some lengths of the pool coz i was there. i was amazed at how good it felt and the different muscles it uses. i hate chlorine but i have decided i need to work out a way of doing more swimming. i have access to an indoor pool in town with chlorine in, an outdoor salt water pool which is heated and also has chlorine added and i have the ocean which is sometimes trecherous and always cold. so my plan is to somehow incorporate a swim somewhere at least once a week.

    anyone else do swimming as part of their exercise? what strokes do you do? do you do a distance or a time? diving? what effect have you found it to have?

  • #2
    In the past, I did "sprints" in the pool, increasing distance over time. It was fun. That's why I want to find the salt water pool here and see if I can get going in it!

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    • #3
      mine is run by my local council so yours prob is too. i just wish they didnt put chlorine in it. what stroke did you use for sprints? i saw some people aquajogging and it looked incredibly boring indeed. i had a go lol and it was and also it wasnt very hard at all. i imagine you'd get more exercise if you got out and walked around the edge of the pool.

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      • #4
        I swim a kilometer every work day during my lunch break. I swim breast stroke with relatively long drifts between strokes to keep my heart rate down. It makes a great combination of low level cardio, light full-body workout, dynamic stretch and brain massage. I would ideally alternate between front crawl and breast stroke, but I haven't learnt proper front crawl technique yet so I tend to expend too much energy and swallow too much water.

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        • #5
          Swimming in the ocean would be your best bet. Although cold, it adds to weight loss. If you read TIm Ferris's 4 hour body, they discovered Michael Phelps consumes so many calories as he burns off tons, because of the water cooling his body. Might be good if indeed, you are trying to lose weight.
          55 yr old male


          07/01/2013

          Weight; 199
          Chest; 41.5
          Waist; 42
          Hips; 40
          Thigh; 22.5
          Calf; 15
          Bicep: 13
          Forearm; 11.5
          Neck; 17

          07/20/2013

          Weight; 200
          Chest; 42
          Waist; 42.5
          Hips; 39
          Thigh; 23
          Calf; 15
          Bicep: 13
          Forearm; 11.5
          Neck; 16

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          • #6
            I haven't learnt proper front crawl technique yet so I tend to expend too much energy and swallow too much water.
            i always feel like i have huge big flashing lights pointing at me trying to do crawl out in the sea telling the sharks i am an injured sea flayling around needing to be eaten lol i do prefer the idea of the sea as there is all that transdermal mineral absorption from sea water going on. it is prob just a matter of self discipline and getting used to it as there are old folk around i have heard of who go swimming in the sea every day. i do have a wet suit too but it is a nice slinky little surfing one not a thick southern ocean one! how long does it take to swim a k on average?
            Last edited by seaweed; 10-12-2012, 12:42 PM. Reason: cant spell!

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            • #7
              I am in a swim squad and pool swim 2 to 3 times a week average 2.5 km over the hour long session. In addition to that I surf, kitesurfing, standup paddle, surf ski, and help out my kids at the local surflifesaving nippers. The summer season is about to start so that will see us down the beach training and playing in the waves 3-4 times a week.

              Cheers
              "Times fun when you are having Flies" Kermit the frog

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              • #8
                i have always wanted to learn to surf properly. i am also always saying i will treat myself to some lessons but so far, i have always had way too much other stuff on to do it. my other problem is practise as the only place i could easily go practise when the kids are at school is pretty dangerous. lots of nasty rips and sharks. if i went at weekends, i would be able to go somewhere safer but i feel the kids need to be able to swim better too as i cant then leave them unattended on a beach either.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                  how long does it take to swim a k on average?
                  I normally take around 25 minutes.

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                  • #10
                    so i could aim for 2 ks in an hour which would be OMG 80 lengths of the salt water pool. i wonder if they have waterproof mp3 players?! i guess that is why swimming in the sea appeals to me more as there are currents and things to swim to. and hopefully nothing to swim away from as they can all swim alot faster than any human can!

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                    • #11
                      SwiMP3

                      Great mp3 for swimming

                      http://www.finisinc.com/swimp3/
                      55 yr old male


                      07/01/2013

                      Weight; 199
                      Chest; 41.5
                      Waist; 42
                      Hips; 40
                      Thigh; 22.5
                      Calf; 15
                      Bicep: 13
                      Forearm; 11.5
                      Neck; 17

                      07/20/2013

                      Weight; 200
                      Chest; 42
                      Waist; 42.5
                      Hips; 39
                      Thigh; 23
                      Calf; 15
                      Bicep: 13
                      Forearm; 11.5
                      Neck; 16

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                      • #12
                        woohoo!!!!! i will see if i can get one here. it definitely has potential. i could even take up aqua jogging lol

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                        • #13
                          i do side stroke. some times breast stroke. i am little too negative in the water to do front crawl comfortably.
                          i usually do some muscle ups with the help of the buoyancy (hands on the poolside in the deep end and do a muscle up; great work out).
                          Last edited by 70in2012; 10-13-2012, 08:28 PM.
                          Few but ripe.

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                          • #14
                            I love sprinting in the shallow end; it really makes for cellulite-free legs.
                            Now to convince DH to have solar panels installed to heat in winter.

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                            • #15
                              I love swimming! I need to join a gym here that has a pool. In the summer I use my apartment's outdoor pool and my favorite is the lake! My parents live on a lake and there are tons of nice public lakes near me so I swim in those. Mostly I do the breast stroke. I do freestyle and back stroke also, but the constant turning of freestyle and the craning my neck to see behind me associate with those strokes can cause some issues with an old neck injury. I tried to do butterfly like I used to and I am pretty sure people were ready to jump in and save me as they thought I was drowning. Which is sad because that used to be my stroke. I find swimming really helps me loose weight and its easy on the joints.

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