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Swimming in the Winter?

I'm not talking about a Penguin Plunge here - there will be no jumping into freezing cold water in the middle of winter to raise money. I don't think I could ever do that.

I'm talking about joining a gym or YMCA that has a pool you can use to swim laps in for fitness.

Wintertime can be too cold for most of us to exercise outdoors, and swimming is just about the most excellent form of exercise you can do. It's a great cardio work out to get your heart pumping - but you can't overheat because the water keeps you cool.

It combines breath work and strength training, while having very low stress on your joints and bones.

It's great for people who have knee pain or injuries from running, so you can still work your total body without pounding your feet into the pavement.

All you need are the obvious things - a pool, a swimsuit and a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from the chlorine. See you in the pool.

Fit's Tips: If you're going to be swimming consistently a few times every week, you want a bathing suit that'll be comfortable and will last. Try to find a suit that is chlorine resistant, because after time, exposure to chlorine can ruin the stretch fibers of a regular bathing suit, which can make it sag - not what we're going for here.

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amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
There's a pool downstairs, but I'm a terrible girl and I hardly take advantage of the pool - sigh.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I love swimming!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
It also helps if you soak your suit in a sink of water when y ou get home, then hang it to dry. My mom is a swim instructor, she soaks hers, gets as much of the cholorine out as she can, then washes then in the sink with woolite. It helps but chlorine is a killer. to be honest though, I would rather have it eat up bathing suits than me be swimming in germs, kids urine, etc. I'm all in.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
That's so cool about the chlorine resistant bathing suits - I didn't know they made those.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
swimming outdoors in the winter, no thanks. i'll stick to the pool at the gym!
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I love swimming. There are outdoor pools open all year round where I live. I like to swim outdoors more than indoors. I wish there were more pools with no chlorine.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 10 years
Thanks Fit. As I swim 3-4 times a week and do 90 minutes of various water aerobics prior to lap swimming, I need chlorine resistant suits. I have already ruined one--but I do believe the washer and dryer aided in the destruction.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I disagree on the you can't over heat comment. I ahve gotten out of the pool before with my face and body red and hot just like if I had been running...although the no sweat factor is very nice aspect... I'm all in.
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