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Get active in the pool

Megan McKenna
Staff Writer
mem271@lhup.edu

There are a variety of different exercises that we do to serve as a “workout,” but often times it is something that we don’t really like or that causes us physical pain. However, I think that we have been looking at this all wrong. We should be doing an exercise that we find fun, interesting or exciting. For me, that activity is swimming, and I hope that I can show all of you how swimming is a great way to get in shape while having fun. I am going to give my three tips as a way to make sure that you can find swimming and add it to your list of workouts that you truly love.

It doesn’t always have to be the same. When you are running, you are running. There is very little variation in the way that you exercise through running except to change the pace at which you are moving. Because of this, it tends to get tedious, or even boring. When you are swimming, however, you can swim different distances, or do different exercises. Of course, there is always the traditional running laps, but you can also do water aerobics. This means that you can be moving around in a variety of different ways that tax your body while you get fit.

Do it with friends. A lot of times when we go running or go to the gym, we go alone. As much as we would love to be ambitious and do it, the bottom line is that swimming is something really fun that you can do with other people. There are a lot of different games and activities to do in the pool, so you can get people with a variety of interests involved. There is nothing as good as having fun with all of your friends while you take a dive. Hanging out and working out together is a great way to build any friendship.

Find a natatorium in the winter. Most people think that swimming is something that you can only do during the summer months, but that is not the case. Find out if your local high school or university has a natatorium. More often than not, these places will have times set aside when it is available for the public to come in and swim. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of because it means that you can do the activity all year. This provides a great level of consistency in your workout routine as well because it means that you don’t have to change your schedule around to compensate for the lost time.

Swimming is a great way to stay active and it allows for everyone to get involved. Even basic time spent in the water can classify as a workout, and it is really easy to do. Swimming is also a lot of fun. I know that there is no better experience in my life than being in the water and feeling my whole body relax. Swimming is always my go to work out, and I strongly recommend that you give it a try!  

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