Post # 1
Finally found some exercise my fibro can cope with and I should have started a YEAR ago. FH and I started swimming laps at our local pool a couple of weeks ago and after 5-6 sessions I can already tell a noticeable difference in my fitness. And the muscle burn is actually GOOD and something I’d never be able to achieve by walking or going to a gym.
Who else loves to swim? Wondering if you have any routines or ways to spice things up? Not that I’m bored, yet, but I always love a challenge. I’m really just doing freestyle because breaststroke’s too hard on my arms and I feel like I’m going at a smail’s pace. … and I love backstroke but I’m totally incapable of swimming in a straight line so I keep going into the ropes!
Swimmers… unite!!!! 😀
Post # 3
@goingtotherooftopoflove: I swim, and do aquafit with all the older ladies. I don’t care because for me, it’s the only exercise I can do besides skiing that doesn’t hurt my back and neck.
Post # 4
I swim because I love it. I used to do competitive swimming. It’s great non weight- bearing exercise. Women really need to also do additional weight bearing exercise but I do understand that can be difficult with various medical conditions.
Post # 5
After my Divorce, I found a sense of “peace” (and physical fitness / achievement) in swimming.
As you’ve mentioned it is low impact, and not hard on most people.
My Dad is in his 80s… Swimming & Walking are his two primary forms of exercise. He swims laps a couple days a week at his local Community Pool.
He looks AMAZING for his age…
Post # 6
@goingtotherooftopoflove: that’s awesome that you found something that seems to be working for you! As a triathlete, I swim a couple sessions every week. I have some cool and easy routines from when I started. I was never a swimmer until I took up triathlon as a sport so we had to start easy in the water.
Let me know if you want. I can PM you some routines and links for workouts. Good luck and keep it up but more than anything, keep your pain at bay! 🙂
Post # 7
I LOVE to swim (used to lifeguard and teach swimming). I can honestly say that if public pools were kept a few degrees warmer I would swim every day. But unfortunately with heating costs being so high our town has turned down the heat and I feel like I am polar bear dipping with every swim. So I never go. Crying shame.
Post # 8
I love to swim! I started swimming when I got my first running injury and always swim more when I can’t run as much (like right now!). I swim with a master’s swim group once or twice a week and then do my own workouts too. I have worked my way up over the years and now I usually do 3,000 meters each time, which takes about an hour. I stay entertained by doing workouts that use the kickboard, paddles, fins, and different strokes (I can’t do butterfly though!). It’s great exercise and so easy on the body.
Post # 9
I swim every morning, I have bad ankles so can’t run so I find it great for fitness levels and for toning up. I tend to alternate 10 lengths breast stroke, 10 lengths freestyle, then ten lengths of just arms followed by 10 lengths of just legs.
I find counting the lengths so relaxing and it empties my brain ready for a day at work.
Post # 10
I swim, I feel free in the water…similar to the sense of peace Mrs. TTR mentioned.
Post # 11
I have fibro too and thought about swimming so i can get some sort of fitness in since ive gained so much weight. i was on my high school swim team so i loooove to swim. i havent started yet but im going to try to find a gym that has a nice heated pool.
Post # 12
I enjoy a good swim – it’s supposed to use lots and lots of muscles in your body. I like to do Breaststroke with every 4th or 5th length front crawl. It helps wear me out and aids counting.
Post # 13
It’s all about enjoyment, isn’t it?! I know I need to walk… but I don’t because it causes pain. I tried going to a gym & doing stuff other than walking … but I found I was concentrating more on the pain and I couldn’t get anything out of it. But as you guys have said… swimming is just *easy*. Peaceful is the right word for it!
@alysee: I’m getting the courage to join a hydrotherapy class, which I think is similar. I think I’m going to go next week 🙂
The good thing with our local pool is the outside pool isn’t too cool (in fact some days I wish it were cooler, Melbourne’s been having a bit of a heat wave) but there’s also a hydrotherapy/spa/sauna area that’s tucked away & soundproofed from all the little kiddies… stretching in the warmth & just relaxing after our laps has been great.
Plus, it’s exercise I can do with FH and I can keep up with the number of laps he does which makes me feel like Tarzan! hahahahahahahaha
Post # 14
@CarpefnDiem: You should definitely do it! Honestly, there’s two aspects of it for me… there’s the fact that I’m actually doing some form of exercise… but also, emotionally, I just feel so darn good that I’m actually doing something positive for myself. And that is a bonus in itself.
Post # 15
@goingtotherooftopoflove: I love to swim! It’s one piece of exercise I don’t get bored with. I try and do the same number of laps in less time or increase the laps in a set amount of time I love it. I’ve vowed to myself to get some swimming shampoo as it really noticeably effects my hair.
Post # 16
@CatyLady: Such a thing exists??!! I might have to find myself some too. I was thinking last night about the effect of the chlorine on my hair 😛