Everyone into the pool…(or get out of the pool!)

One of my favorite things about summer is starting to swim again. I am a bit of an “indoor pool snob”, so I boycott pools in the winter but I do love to swim laps underneath a sunny blue sky. After months of running this year, my 4 mile loop in my neighborhood has become second nature for me. Perhaps it is because I am in such great shape? Well, stepping into the pool a couple weeks ago taught me otherwise! I clearly never use my arms or shoulders when I run, nor am I trying to hold my breath underwater. The first 20 laps were exhausting, and I finally began to hit my stride after a few trip to the pool.

This time of year, I encourage everyone to get OUTSIDE and take your workouts into nature. Even more importantly, try something different. A workout your body is not accustomed to doing. If you go to cycling classes 3x a week, join me in the pool. OR if you swim indoors all winter, dust off your bike and take it for a ride. Treadmill classes at the gym are incredibly challenging, and a great workout, but why not try a jog on the beach with a friend. Running in the sand is really challenging. (With a hat and a lot of sunscreen please–you knew I was going to say that!).

Our bodies do not “embrace” being challenged; they like a routine. However, we also burn fewer calories and no longer see the same results if we do the same type of exercise week after week. Take advantage of summer to try a new form of exercise. Swimming is incredibly challenging for your shoulders, back, arms, and even your core–those are muscle groups you probably aren’t using often if you’re a runner. Mix it up! And most importantly, have fun. You are never going to stick to an exercise regimen if you don’t enjoy it. Let me know how you do…

You may also like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *