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September 9, 2011

Laps

Since my foot injury, I haven’t been able to get in much of my usual exercise.  Turbokick, jogging, and even my beloved LiveFit aren’t really options when you can’t put pressure on your foot. 

The break from my normal activity level has been pretty difficult for me emotionally, but I just keep reminding myself that my body does everything I ask it to do, and now it’s my turn to listen and take a break for a little bit. 

There is one activity I can do to stay sane while my foot heals, though:

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[Thank goodness for swimming!]

Yes, I’m beginning to realize that my relationship with exercise [/overexercise?] may not be the healthiest [that’s a whole post for another day], but I truly enjoy what exercise does for my spirit, as well as my body.  A few days without it and I’m antsy and have too much pent-up energy. 

Plus, to me, swimming is meditative.  I love the feeling of gliding through water.  The way the sunshine glistens across the bottom of the pool, making the world look metallic.  I love the silence of swimming – just me and my disciplined breath. 

I’m beginning to think maybe this foot injury happened so that I had an excuse to reconnect with my swimming practice.

For the past few weeks, I got busy with school/teaching/running, and neglected my swim routine.  But since the foot incident, I’ve been to the pool twice.  I’ve been researching form and have dedicated myself to getting better at freestyle.  I’m still working on distance. 

Tuesday

Warm-Up: 200 kick

Main: 50 breast, 100 free [focus on catch-up stroke] x 4

Tread: 3 min treading water

Cool-Down: 200 easy

Total: 1000 meters

Thursday

Warm-Up: 2×50 kick, 100 breast

Main: 4×25 right arm, 4×25 pull, 4×25 left arm, 4×25 kick, 4×25 catch up

3×100 easy [focus on technique]

Tread: 3 min

Cool-Down: 100 breast, 100 easy free, 100 kick

Total: 1300 meters [modified from this routine]

The best part about it?  I leave the pool feeling accomplished and refreshed, and it doesn’t hurt one bitIt feels great to find something that challenges my body but also honors it. 

Alright, I’m off to get some acupuncture and Chinese herbs!  Have a beautiful weekend!

What’s your favorite form of exercise?  How do you feel about your relationship with exercise?  [I’ll be posting on this topic soon and am very interested to know your thoughts!]

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July 22, 2011

Swimming Is A Contact Sport

A few days ago I mentioned the fact that I’ve been getting back into the pool lately.  I am loving my morning swims, and realize more and more that I really enjoy solo exercise [walking, swimming, weights, etc.].  There’s a sense of calm under water that I don’t find anywhere else. 

And while swimming is a great meditation for my mind, my body has also been thanking me for easing up a bit on my joints a few days a week [running + kickboxing are pretty intensive on the joints].  

I have gotten quite a few knicks while swimming that I can’t say I’d get while running, though. 

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It seems like every time I go to the pool I leave a little piece of skin there [eww, that sounds disgusting].  I’m trying not to jinx it, but I’ve already gotten poked pretty deeply by a tack [don’t ask, I was trying to help the lifeguards with the corkboard…] and lost some skin on both my thumb knuckle and my knee. 

I know, graceful.  I honestly don’t know how I do it.  [Although I’m pretty sure the knee scrape came from a turn off the barrier].  Nonetheless, I’m antsy to get back in the water today and stretch out my tight muscles [it’s amazing how yoga can make me feel so sore!]. 

Today’s goal: 1400 meters [I’m hoping to get up to a mile – 1650m – next week]!

Have a beautiful Friday! 

What’s your favorite type of exercise?  I like a good mix of social/group and solo exercise.

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