Just Keep on Swimming!
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Back in my youth, (grammar school through college), I was a competitive swimmer, lifeguard, water safety instructor, and swim team coach. I did it all. I was always more comfortable in the water than on land. Since I put on weight it has kept me out of the pool. Just the thought of putting on a bathing suit for the past 3+ years has kept me from the pool.
I am fortunate enough to live in a community where we have two Olympic sized outdoor pools, an indoor pool, and two beaches on the lake. Opportunity was not the issue. Well, 3 weeks ago I decided that the only way I am going to start moving was to get back in the pool. I have osteoarthritis in my knees, and 3 herniated discs in my back so I knew I had to start with low impact and nothing is better for that than the water. I convinced myself that I really don't care what other's think and if they are going to talk about the "fat" lady in the pool, at least I was doing something about it!
My first day I started out with some warm-up laps...and then took to deep water aqua jogging. I read up on it and saw that being vertical in the water burned twice as many calories as being horizontal. Also water jogging was actually a better workout than running on land (which I can't do anyway- well not yet anyway!) I alternated between jumping jacks and jogging and before I knew it two hours flew by.
For the first week I was doing 2-4 hours of aqua jogging, water aerobics, and laps each day. Those hips that were barely allowing me to lift my leg to get my underwear on were now moving freely. I was sore for the first few days but now I am feeling so great! I invested in some aqua delta-bells and paddles for resistance and I'm really giving my arms a workout now as well.
People at the pool are now coming over to me and saying they are watching me everyday and can't get over what a workout I'm doing. They are asking questions about my equipment and routine, and even asked if they can join me. I now have a following at the pool that has started working out with me!
Three weeks into this routine and I definitely have lost some inches. I am seeing it in the way my clothes fit and just how I feel in my own skin. To think that less than 6 months ago I was walking with a cane and even using a mobility scooter at times. I am feeling so strong and my joints are moving freely again. I am so glad that I overcame my insecurities about getting back in a bathing suit and back in the water.