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Tami,

Thanks for the information on Vivoactive HR. Another Y member has it, but only uses it for steps since she does little exercise at the gym. Her son gave it to her when he purchased an Apple watch.

An active swimmer has an old Garmin watch. The type that has to be sent to manufacturer for battery change. She wears HR monitor in the pool. A trainer tried to get me to purchase this device, but it wasn't my cup of tea.

I do not do a variety of exercises to warrant purchase vivoactive. I use to do Zumba and kickboxing, but had to give them up. The number of adult classes at my gym dwindled in favor of kid and family activities since they are money makers.

I will stick with vivofit 2 until Garmin corrects a problem with their new vivofit hr band that went on sale before Xmas.



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Hi Tee,

I have the Garmin Vivoactive HR. It is the multi-sport watch from Garmin that well, does dang near everything (can you tell I love it?). I love that I can do multiple activities in a session and can track each individually. My old "generic" watch could only track one, I could do multiple things and time them, but Id have to remember each because the latest one would erase previous sessions. The Vivoactive is waterproof. I swim with it several times per week. It records total time, it records yardage, you can track intervals (that requires pressing a button every time you switch strokes, but I do it all the time, it's easy), it also records actual moving time, so where I may have 90 minutes of total activity time, it will let me know that I took plenty of rests at the end of each lap (lol) and my actual swim time was "say" 76 minutes.

The reports are amazing.

When it comes to swimming, the two drawbacks are the heart monitor does not work in the water (it actually shuts itself off when you select swimming as an app). This is not Garmin specific. HR monitors do not do well in water in general. My old watch didn't turn itself off, but the readings were obviously not correct when in the pool. It also ONLY recognizes the four major swim strokes (and you have to do them the way they are supposed to be performed) freestyle(crawl), backstroke, breast stroke and butterfly. It will not record, for instance, jogging laps in the pool (I used to do a lot of that. Now I only use that as a warm up and cool down, because it won't recognize that activity in the pool.) It didn't like my backstroke (I didn't do the 'windmill' style because of my shoulders), and wouldn't recognize it. I guess I'm kind of grateful because it forced me to develop a "real" backstroke that it now recognizes.

It tracks indoor and outdoor walking, indoor and outdoor running, indoor and outdoor biking, and even indoor and outdoor rowing (I love that because I do both of those, and I wasn't surprised at the running/walking and biking dual ability, but was shocked it had both for rowing). IT tracks many other things as well. It even has a lot of golf tracking ability if you're into that (I'm not). You can customize it, adding and deleting apps you do and don't like. there are a lot of extras available in the Garmin "store" (free downloads).


I've pretty much said it all here, but I also did a review of the watch on my SparkBlog. It is here if you want to look at it: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Anyway, I love my Garmin. Is it perfect? No, none are, but it's danged close to it.

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2/3/17 6:27 A

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Tami,


I notice you have Garmin HR device. Is that the watch type or new kind that was released the end of the year? I own Garmin Vivofit 2, which doesn't record lap swimming and looking to upgrade.

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481 calories is BEAUTIFUL! Well, going OUT, not necessarily coming IN. :)




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Today's swim session according to my Garmin app



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It's not a sports team. It's just to encourage people to be more active. And....it's working for me! lol. I would never have thought I could say I swam even 25 miles, let alone the 100 I am aiming for.




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Well, the Y is selling your mileage short then :)

I will shake my fist at them for you; I actually coach and teach swimming lessons at a Y where I live!

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At our YMCA, which is the challenge that I am in, we have a 25 meter pool in length. Down and back is 50 meters or one full lap.
We have to do 32 FULL laps to complete 1 full mile.

32 x 50 meters equals 1600 meters.

This is what I've been going by and will continue.




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I think you guys might be counting your miles slightly off? A swimmer's mile (I know this because I swam it competitively for six years) is 1650 yards, which is 66 lengths or 33 laps. Or it's 1500m, which is 60 lengths or 30 laps.

Sorry to tack on that extra 50 for your yard swimmers :/

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1/1/17 9:05 P

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Thanks, Rebecca

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Wow, Tami, that's a compelling story.

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That's awesome Mima and Susan. Swimming has given me my life back. In May of 2016 I could barely get off the couch, and had to use a walker everywhere I went. It only took a few weeks of swimming before I was able to ditch the walker, and every week since I've gotten stronger and stronger. Actually walked .60 miles in one go with hubby yesterday. I've been doing lots more stationary biking on top of the swimming too now, but swimming remains my KEY exercise.

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1675 today and 1650 on 12/24

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yea yea YEA! Isn't that AWESOME!

I noticed MY strength and stamina has improved while I was raking leaves this week. So excited!





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Finally, finally, finally I'm getting my strength back, and can breathe during activities without my chest tightening, then crashing after.

When I tried to do even a minimal amount, like going to GD's soccer, I'd be wiped out, so I had to conclude swimming was out.

Well, not the swimming, but driving home from the pool. DH is doing more, and gets REALLY shaky; didn't want to ask him to drive.

After weeks of being useless physically, I started putting my energy into cleaning house; now that that's coming easier, time to try...
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I'm ready to go for the 2000 meters per week this month.

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32 for me today! That's 1 whole mile! Yippee! It's starting to get easy now! 8 laps goes by before I know it.




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Wow!!!! That is SOOOO wonderful! I LOVE to see the OTHER improvements beyond the what the scale reports! This is great!




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When I was swimming on Wednesday, I remembered back to 2014-15, when I was swimming regularly, before distracted by DH's numerous health setbacks.

I had checked my endurance by testing how many laps I could swim, as fast as I could, in ten minutes. I started at four laps, and worked up to five (@ 50 meters).

As I was swimming on Wednesday, I thought of that, and decided to pay attention to the time it took to do my planned 14 laps... IF I could DO the 14 laps again!

It took 29 minutes, which is basically the same rate as before... except back then I was swimming as hard as I could, and now I'm pacing myself to go the distance.

I guess I've been doing okay fitness-wise after all, which considering is VERY surprising. Regular swimming will surely help me in all ways physical even more.



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yep. That's right. I've just been sticking to either 8 full laps or 16, because we mark it off on a chart by 'quarter miles' on our Hundred Mile Challenge. I only did 32 (full mile) once. So I'm still working on my endurance. But last year at this time, I could NOT have done this!




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I just computed my first full lap swimming work-out, but I'm not sure I did it right... Here's the math:

28 lengths @ 25 meters each
= 14 "laps" @ 50 meters each
= 700 meters total

Oh wait... That IS right! emoticon

I can aim for the same amount for my planned three swims a week, and I'll hit goal. Right now it seems impossible; but just like on Monday, I'll use our challenge as motivation!



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Yep, I think you two are agreeing on the computations, but using the word "lap" differently.

I'm used to saying "16 lengths" meaning 16 times from one end of the pool to the other, or the same thing is "8 laps" meaning 8 times doing a complete loop of the pool, down and back.

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LOL, Okay...here's ME trying to give information. But I think I've got this one.

A 25 meter pool, down and back equals 50 meters.
So 2,000 divided by 50 equals 40 full laps PER WEEK.

You have to decide how many days you want to swim.

So for FIVE DAYS A WEEK: 40 divided into 5 days equals 8 laps a day.
For THREE days a week: 40 divided by 3 days equals just over 13 laps a day.

So....just remember that your goal is 40 laps a week. Maybe you can do more on one day or less. Just adjust as needed.

Hope this helps.....and I hope I'm right! lol.
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Hi Yall,
For this teams Challenge to swim 2,000 per week how would I figure out how much I would need to swim per day to equal up to 2,000 meters ?
I swim in a 25 meter pool just fyi.
so would it be 2000 / 5 = 400 / 25 = 16 laps?
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