One of the best vacation workouts – Swimming
I’d like to start this post by making a confession…..I’m really bad at swimming. So bad in fact that the doggy paddle is my prized stroke. Kyle likes to watch me swim with amused facial expressions as he was the swimming captain of his high school swim team, and is a great swimmer. I can only imagine how silly I look while swimming especially to someone who can swim laps with expert technique.
My new go to cardio routine.
To my dismay swimming has become a staple form of cardio while in Thailand for a few reasons: it’s easy on the joints, a great way to burn calories, an activity that Kyle and I can do together, 90 degree weather and 90 something percent humidity don’t make for an enjoyable running experience, and lastly it’s a challenge. I mean, who doesn’t like to tackle something they are terrible at and at the very least become mediocre at it? Ok, I’m going for better than mediocre; I’d like to be able to complete Kyle’s pool exercises with grace and speed.
Yesterday Kyle put me through a pool workout he deemed to be “easy”. This workout consisted of:
- 2 warm up laps (1 lap equals swimming the length of the pool and back)
- 6 sprinting laps with a 30 second rest in between
- 4 fingertip dragging laps (not sure of the technical term, but you get the idea)
- 4 laps just kicking
For someone who doggy paddles everywhere this was not an easy task. As Kyle was flying past me I was huffing and puffing down the length of the pool while attempting to not take out every single person trying to get their relax on. Luckily, Kyle gave me a few lesson and I feel like I improved greatly by the end of the workout. However, this pool workout is something that I’m going to have to diligently work on with the goal of being able to complete each lap with speed and precision.
If all else fails while on vacation – Swim
I thought this experience would be great to share as swimming is one of the best ways to stay in shape while traveling. If you think about it, most hotels have pools you can workout in. They may be small, packed full of fellow vacationers or both, but you can still get a great calorie burn under those circumstances. At the very least you can hold onto the side of the pool and do kicks or run; to get a better workout when kicking make sure to keep your arms and legs straight. Also, you can take resistance bands into the pool for a workout. The water will add more resistance and will be gentle on the joints. I got this idea from one of fitGevity’s product reviews on Amazon.
If you have a decent size pool available and are looking for what I would consider to be a challenge, try the workout above. It’s guaranteed to kick your butt!
Until next time,
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