I’ve often spoken in the past about how I used to wake up at the crack of dawn as young ‘un – and go swimming in a large man made lake with my grandfather – at 4:30 A.M. in the mornings on weekdays, NO less.
For someone that from a young age wasn’t the sort to wake up early – this was quite something to do on a regular basis – during summer holidays at that as well, hehe.
For those that missed it, I did a long post on my grandfather’s training philosophy which covers it pretty well.
To sum that one up, of course requires few words.
A man nearing 80 … a man that worked a full day of work as a top Doc in the city he lived in – and a man that made time for his morning exercise routine NO MATTER WHAT!
I don’t care if it was a Sunday – or cold – or raining – or whatever – that man would wake up in the morning and go for his swim, and most of the time I’d be right there with him as well.
We often tried to take my cousins along too, but they slumbered on for the most part – no exercise mania there! I suppose it’s no wonder that years later yours truly did the SAME thing with regard to his daily hill climbs – which I managed to get in at the hour of 5:30 A.M. on occasion – REGARDLESS of the weather – or how tired I was – or the day I had ahead of me – or anything else!
My grandfather in that regard was similar to the ex-Brigadier General I wrote about in May – a tough ole dude I met out here in the park in India. Does pushups, pull-ups, hanging leg raises – and a barrage of other exercises that would put the average 25 year old to shame – at the age of over 70 at that.
I asked him his age, and being I’m generally a pretty accurate judge of ages, I figured I was right.
“You must be around 40”, I remember remarking in an offhand sort of manner.
And I’ll never forget the way my jaw literally dropped when he laughed at me.
“Over 50?” I queried?
He laughed again.
“I’m over 70!”
Anyway, this isn’t so much about that tale as it is swimming – and it being one of the very best exercises you can do for yourself – but here’s the kicker – if and only if you do it RIGHT!
There are four main strokes in swimming as I’m sure you know – and it’s imperative to learn these strokes CORRECTLY – both to get the max benefit out of your workout – and also to achieve speed and “glide” through the water as opposed to “force” your way through it which most people do.
The former, as I learnt is the key to superior cardio in the water. The latter, on the other hand, is a ticket to “frustration ville” and not losing weight despite hours spent in the water – and believe me, I’ve been on both sides of that equation.
Anyhow, despite it’s numerous benefits, even swimming has a few drawbacks in terms of strength/cardio “all in one” training – the most striking of which being that due to the water based nature of the routines, you DO need to incoporate land based exercises into your exercise regimen as well if your swimming on a regular basis.
I don’t care if your talking Michael Phelps or a college swimming champ – you’ll find that they all do pushups and pull-ups – and other LAND based routines as well in addition to their swim routines, and with good reason.
Second, you have to do the strokes CORRECTLY as I said – and most people end up learning the strokes incorrectly (the breast stroke being one prime culprit here where a lot of people adopt the “head over water” style – a most inefficient style of swimming if there ever was one, but yet one that is still taught a lot).
Third, and most obvious – you need a pool – or a lake – or a body of water that isn’t packed to the rafters to actually get a good workout in. Plus, of course the weather. I don’t think you’d want to be swimming in sub zero temperatures unless you’re a card carrying member of the Polar Bear Club, hehe – ditto for rainy weather, etc.
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