I wanted to talk about a different workout today. I decided to give my joints a break, specifically my right foot. About 7 years ago I broke the 5th metatarsal bone in my right foot. There are two screws in there holding it together. When my sneakers or my insoles wear out, my foot is the first to let me know. Well it’s been hurting for about two weeks. But instead of being miserable, I jumped in the swimming pool at the gym and did laps. The water is great because there is no impact on the body, but with the resistance of the water you get such a great workout.
I had an hour and I wanted to see how many laps I could do. I went at a steady pace and did 100 25-meters laps or about 1 and 1/2 miles, in 55 minutes. I left myself a little time to stretch and cool down at the end. If you have never swam, I’m here to tell you that it too can be an intense workout. I swam Freestyle today, so you hit the arms, shoulders, core, butt, and legs. It is a total body workout to propel yourself through the water. It requires you to engage all of the muscles in your body. Then you must also think about your breathing. I mentioned in a previous post that I began Pilates classes. The breathing I have learned in that class has carried over into my swimming. As I breath the air out in the water, I do the Pilates breath and can really feel my abdominals tighten. I was not going for speed today, but form. I wanted to feel every part of my body as I worked to push through the water.
Don’t be afraid to try something new!