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.
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.
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.
Questions for you:
Do you like to swim laps?
Do you go to the pool or beach in the summer?