Have you seen this story/photo online?
This kayaker out in the waters of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, got quite a surprise this past weekend when he saw the fin of a great white shark just 10 feet behind him. I think I would’ve passed out in the kayak! In Hawaii I saw a shark just off the beach- locals said it was “Louie” the shark–a well known shark who lurks around by the hotel beach. You can bet that I stuck to the pool and my toes never made it into the ocean water!
If you do have access to a pool, or a shark-free zone, here’s a workout to help you prepare for a swimming workout. I love to swim! I’ve grown up swimming and may be part fish. I swam competitively and am back to swimming at least a couple of days a week for a great full body workout.
The July/August 2012 issue of Whole Living magazine features arm, back, leg, glute, and stretching exercises that help you prep for the pool.
From the article:
Swimming isn’t a workout to skip. Water provides up to 15 times the resistance of air, meaning your muscles have to work harder to complete every movement. Swimming is also easy on the joints. “It’s one of the best total-body exercises you can do,” says Chris Webb, a swim coach in Charlotte, North Carolina, who works with veteran Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. And water is good for the soul. According to a study in Environmental Science & Technology, workouts done in or near bodies of water provide a bigger boost to mood than do other outdoor activities. Still, Webb says, “when it comes down to it, swimming can be pretty unnatural.” That’s why doing land-based moves to ward off muscle imbalances, practice movement patterns, and prep the nervous system before diving in is key. He created this routine to “bulletproof” the body against injury and soreness while helping you nab the perks of the pool—including a gold-medal figure—on dry land.
You’ll need a resistance band and a door or object for anchoring the band (I used my refrigerator/freezer doors). Going through the workout 2x should take about 15-20 minutes.
A slideshow of the moves and an explanation of how to do each one is online. This is a great little workout when you want a little bit of strength-training along with a good stretch.
Do you swim as part of your workout routine? Have you ever seen a shark in the water?