As Helen put so well, my activity is for ‘fun and health’ and it sure was fun today! 30 minutes in the pool swimming laps loosened up my stiff joints perfectly. I feel like a million bucks now! Whenever I swim, I come out of the pool with a big smile on my face. I love it.
Another of my favorite things is stretching in the pool after I’m finished swimming. I always manage to stretch my quads so well. And I can do a standing hip/IT band stretch that I can never pull off in air– I need two arms to pull on my leg, so I just fall over, but the water helps me balance.
I’m debating if I want to seek out any kind of form guidance for swimming. On the one hand, I’m not doing this in any competitive way– it’s just fun, I don’t even know how long the lane is. On the other, who knows, I might get a bug to do a tri or something and it might be good to have that groundwork laid. Folks on the Fit Fatties swimming forum mentioned some YouTube videos on form; that’s probably a good place to start– at least I can try to imitate people who know what they’re doing.