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Four Reasons Runners Should Get into the Pool

It’s interesting I’m writing this post.  After spending years of my life swimming, I gave it up five years ago.  I didn’t look back and haven’t been in the pool much since.  But due to injury, here I am in the pool.

Four Reasons Runners Should Get into the Pool

I don’t hate swimming, and I also don’t have a bitter relationship with it.  The fact of the matter is, I enjoy other activities more.  As a child, teenager and college student, I spent so much time swimming competitively that I’m still burnt out.  Now that I’m unable to do certain activities, such as running, I got back into pool.  After swimming for a few weeks, I remembered swimming does have it’s benefits.

I also joined my neighborhood swim club so I can meet my neighbors, swim outside and get some relaxing reading as well as trashy TV but enough about me.

Why should runners get in the pool? 
Less pressure on your joints

You can still get a workout in without putting stress and pressure on your joints and bones.

Less tan lines

Running outside means tan lines from compression socks, sports bras, shorts, and shoes.  When you swim outside, you only have bathing suit tan lines.  It’s perfect! You workout and get to remove any unwanted tanlines.  Despite not running much this summer, I’m still working on my compression sleeve tan line. PSA: Always wear sunscreen when outside. 

Swimming in the Summer is Refreshing 

Finishing a run can often be a hot, soggy mess.  You can swim laps in an outdoor pool when it’s 100 degrees and feel great. You can also swim at any time of the day without worrying about overheating.  The only thing you have to worry about with swimming is the occasional thunderstorm.

Strength Work

Swimming gets some (not all) of the benefits of strength work without lifting weights.  When you are swimming back and forth using the water as resistance, you build upper body strength.  I had much more upper body muscle when I collegiately swam as well.

Like anything else, swimming isn’t for everyone. You could experiment in the pool and realize you love it or you could experiment and realize you hate it.  At the end of the day, it’s about finding something you enjoy doing.

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Questions for you:

Do you like to swim laps?

Do you go to the pool or beach in the summer?



15 thoughts on “Four Reasons Runners Should Get into the Pool”

  1. That’s cool that you have a neighborhood swim club. I wonder if there is something around my area. Would be nice to swim with someone. I have been loving swimming at least once a week especially since it is warm outside, though I use an indoor pool for lap swimming.

  2. You should totally get into tri’s. I agree with your observations and, although I don’t love to swim, I started doing it semi-regularly to get ready for my first triathlon a couple years ago. Although it is a little boring, it provides a great compliment to running without the stress.

  3. I started swimming earlier this year, and while I enjoy being in water and the pool I’m awful at lap swimming! It’s kind of frustrating to be so bad at it, but it’s just like anything else where if you put in the time you’ll see results. I just need to put in the time!

  4. I can’t remember the last time I was in the pool but there are a lot of benefits to it that running just doesn’t have. Like you, I don’t hate swimming, but I’m burnt out and I don’t know when I’ll have the desire to get back in again.

  5. I danced for almost 15 years (ballet, jazz, hip hop) and stopped completely when I starting running in high school. I was so burned out on dancing that I literally dreaded going to each class…which were A LOT of classes. In college, I took a jazz class and had the best time! It was fun rediscovering it and also not having it be my main sport. I wish I could swim, I’m one of the worst swimmers of all time. It’s not even a fitness thing, it’s like I can’t coordinate my breathing and moving my arms and kicking all at once. Maybe someday I’ll just get it, swimming does have so many benefits, plus I’ve always wanted to do a tri!
    Hope your foot is feeling better!

  6. I agree with you that it is sooo refreshing to swim in the summer. I don’t have easy access to an outdoor pool, unfortunately, but I do love swimming.

  7. I join the free pools in NYC each summer to do lap swim! I love swimming and don’t do it enough because pool access here can be pricey.

    1. I cannot imagine how much your pool is Gianna. Ours are pricy down here in NJ and I know NYC and North Jersey are just as much, if not more.

  8. One of my swimmer-turned-triathlete friends compared doing the butterfly in the pool to doing hill repeats on the run–building strength and using different muscles. I love that analogy!

  9. Totally agree and really need to make an effort to swim again once in a while. I’m a terrible swimmer so tend to shy away from it but the cross-training benefits for running are great.

  10. I like to float more than swim laps haha. But when my kids aren’t in the pool, I have to wash my hair anyway, and it’s hot outside. I don’t mind doing some laps for a little extra cardio. As a teenager, I’d go on a run in the summer and at the end of my run jump in the pool to cool off, clothes on and all. My dad didn’t appreciate that very much haha.

  11. I would like to love swimming but I just like going to the pool to hang out. Although I do like to kick board from time to time… and I would love for my feet to match the color of my legs

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