Who else swims for exercise?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@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
45242 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
1993 posts
Buzzing bee

@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
932 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
5015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
218 posts
Helper bee

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
5068 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I swim, I feel free in the water…similar to the sense of peace Mrs. TTR mentioned. 

Post # 11
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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 # 15
11334 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@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.

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