Swim For Fitness
My Gwynspiration Healthy Habits Challenge is on its third week with 29 challengers and going strong. The mini challenge this week is to plan two different days of fun fitness. I decided to swim for fitness for my one day. My son had a mid week day off of school due to a teacher institute day. He was excited to go along with us. During the Winter, it seems hard to find what to do for fitness but your local park districts and YMCAs have events planned that can help with that dilemma. My son and I packed healthy snacks, our towels, and goggles. He was so excited to join me. I use to do aqua aerobics back in 2010. I couldn’t afford it no longer, so I hadn’t been in the pool since 2011 when went to California to visit my mom. I enjoy how the water relax you. I also enjoy how you manage to use every muscle with the resistance of the water. I suggest people can swim for fitness if they have joint pain and balancing problems. The water is a great stablizer and not hard on your joints.
I recently got rid of my size 22 swimsuit and didn’t have a swimsuit to wear. My grandma gave me a swimsuit that was size 14 and I felt awesome wearing it.
My son and I swam laps back and forth in the big pool. We then played catch with a water ball. One time the ball was thrown outside of the pool and I teased my son that I’m not over there. Also asked him if he was playing catch with the lifeguard. The lifeguard smiled at me. Side note: I wouldn’t get a lot of smiles back when I was heavier but I still smiled anyways. Now this tid bit is a wonderful non-scale victory that I am excited to report. I was able to get the ball by pushing my arms up on the side of the pool to my knees. I recall when I was 270 lbs that I tried to get out of the pool this way but my stomach beached on the edge of the pool and I would of had to roll my body out the pool. Visions of Weird AL’s fat suit come to mind. That wouldn’t of been a pretty sight so I swam down to the ladder. I lifted my entire weight like a champion and I was not injured. I thank my weight training and weight loss for this non-scale victory. Weight Watchers encouraged you to celebrate your non-scale victories as much as the scale vi.ctories so you stay motivated longer. After we played catch, we went down the water slides. This was a great way to work my legs going up the stairs numerous times. We raced together down the different slides and laughed together. It was such great therapy. I loved every minute. After awhile I swam laps for a good cardio workout while my son played catch with a new friend. This week I challenge you to plan your own fun fitness time alone or with others. I would love to hear about it on this site or on Gwynspiration for Weight Loss Facebook page. I also encourage you to find your non-scale victories and celebrate them. Thanks for reading. Have a fantastic week!
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