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The Hassle of Swimming is Worth It

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Now that it is getting a bit warmer and my pregnancy is getting a bit further along, I have started to swim. I used to swim a lot when I was training for triathlons, but I have to admit it is my least favorite exercise. It is boring and it is a hassle.

It is a pain to get all dressed in your swimming attire, swim cap, goggles and all. It is hard to remember to bring all of your after swimming stuff - like towels, flip flops, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and underwear! It stinks to get all wet and cold when you start and then cold again when you finish. And if you look like me when you are done, you can't go anywhere for like 3 hours after because of the nice imprint the goggles leave on your face. I swear I age at least 25 years every time I get out of the pool. My face eventually goes back to normal but it seems to take forever. I am always embarrassed walking through the gym as I look like such an old hag! Uggh, the hassle of swimming!

However, even after all of that, I must admit, it is worth the hassle. I can honestly say out of every single exercise I do, I feel the most worked out after swimming. It works every muscle in your body (without injuring it) as well as gets (and keeps) your heart rate right up there. It is amazing how fit I feel after getting in the pool a few times a week for just the last 3 weeks. It does great things for your arms, back and core - and if you remember to kick - your legs too!

So if you are like me - and feel like it is too much of a hassle to swim, try to look past it and get in the water. I think if you do it a couple of times, you will realize the benefits completely outweigh the negatives (even if the negative is walking around in a bathing suit with a big pregnant body, swim cap and goggles for the whole gym to see - CUTE!)


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I used to go to the community swimming pool to take my swimming lessons. I totally is really a hassle but swimming make me lose weight and enjoy a healthier style.

April 2, 2009 - 12:05am
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Ok, Lara - get out of my head! I have the same issues exactly! It's a pain to get everything ready to go, not to mention needing half an hour to shower, dry off, dress, fix you hair, afterwards. And no matter how I adjusted the goggles, I looked like some weird wizened up prune of a old lady when I get out of the pool and it took HALF A DAY to look normal again!

With my first baby, I swam 40 laps laps four days a week until I was about 8.5 months along and felt fantastic! I also thought I look really cute in my swimsuit and didn't need to suck my bits and pieces in to look nice -I was supposed to have a big old belly!

I live in a very hippie town and I used to shower after in the communal area with no curtain or privacy - and everyone was totally naked. There I was, 8 months pregnant, naked as a jaybird and I'd say "thanks!!" when someone would pass me in all my glory, and tell me how cute I looked! All big belly and toned legs and arms. Ahhh, those were the days! It's odd what a healthy body image I had, probably healthier then than it is now!

I also feel best when my workout is a swim one, but alas, I had to give it up due to no childcare. Now I work out at home but miss the swimming a lot. You brought up some great memories for me.

Congrats on your pregnancy and getting back into the water. I bet you look and feel amazing!

April 1, 2009 - 12:27pm
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