From nothing to swimming a mile a day – when will I notice a difference?
Cycling hasn’t been kind to my ankle for the last few months so I have been doing virtually no exercise. The local David Lloyd has a 12 day for £25 offer on at the moment so I decided to try it, just for the swimming.
I am not sure what I can expect to achieve in 12 days but I have been swimming a mile (60 lengths) a day for the last 3 days and plan to continue this for the rest of the duration.
Other than peeling quite hungry, am I likly to notice any benefits in terms of fitness or weightloss in such a short period?Posted 4 years ago
30 lengths in 20 minutes, ten minutes rest. Repeat. All breaststroke (titter) as my shoulders are too knackered for crawl
The stuff about being amazinglyh attractive to women has already occurred, I used to swim a bit when I was younger which must have caused it.
Sore shoulders and smell of Chlorine is already here but no verruca thanksfully.
I was actually wondering if 12 days of regular exercise was a long enough period to actually make any difference to weigh and fitness but caryy on with the piss takes, this is STW after allPosted 4 years agobikebouyMember
By day 6 you will be wearing speedos and by day 7 be banned from wearing them 😆
By day 9 you will be covering yourself in duck fat and heading for the Channel.. 😆
By day 13 you will be hearing strange noises in your inner ear..
Good effort though, excellent form of low impact knackeringyourselfoutabit.Posted 4 years agojaymoidMember
I was actually wondering if 12 days of regular exercise was a long enough period to actually make any difference to weigh and fitness but carry on with the piss takes, this is STW after all
Only one way to find out. I assume you have weighed yourself on the day you started? Let us know if it makes any difference!
I’ve generally found exercise in combination with a diet to match enables weight loss (for me). If you are just eating more to compensate for the lost calories, you might weigh more, maybe even gain some muscle.Posted 4 years agorobbiehMember
I started swimming regularly 2 years ago and found I damaged my shoulders quite quickly! I was ,nt swimming as far as you either. Waiting for results from an MRI I had this week, I have had injections in both shoulders to help with pain and have a severe tear in one of my rotator cuff tendons which they found with ultrasound. The other side has an impingement which hurts like hell now and I can only get by each day with prescribed painkillers. Hope you have more luck.Posted 4 years ago
I stick with breast stroke and don’t try to swim too fast. I dislocated both shoulders by mistake a couple of years back and although I can fully rotate them I don’t fancy doing it for long periods while swimming. To be honest there aren’t many activities where I am not likely to hurt myself.Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
something that has stuck with me from childhood is watching a tele program which said that it takes 3 months of ‘regular exercise’ (2/3 times a week) to alter your fitness in a permanent and meaningful way.Posted 4 years ago
not sure how true it is, but as a general guide it seems reasonable. I think 12 days isn’t enough, you might lose weight but that’s about it.jambalayaSubscriber
You should see an improvement in body conditioning and some improvement in fitness (based on the fact you were not doing anything before). As for weight loss that depends upon the intensity of the exercise.
You should look at some kind of moisturiser for your skin and I assume you are wearing a cap, every day in the chlorinated pool will affect your skin and hair (if not covered). My kids used to swim competitively and with all the training it was scary how quickly the swimming costumes fall apart, imagine what it’s doing to the body.Posted 4 years agoteamhurtmoreSubscriber
Good idea WCA and enjoy your swimming.
Routine wil make you feel good and dedicated.
60 lengths of breastroke will do you no harm and will have some fitness benefit. However, this wil not be that great u less you are pushing it.
Can you do FC? For fitness I would be alternating your longer swims with 10-15 x 100 sets on a set time period eg start every 2 minutes – you start with a decent rest but this may get shorter as the sets go on.
Without being rude, you would need to push yourself quite a bit harder to see a major fitness benefit IMO but it will do you no harm in the meantime. Better than nothing!!!Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@WCA – build up slowly especially if your shoulder hurts when you do front crawl. Moisturiser – anything cheap will be better than nothing, just get a body one (face/hand stuff more expensive in smaller bottles) doesn’t need to be a brand particularly. Depends how your skin reacts to the chlorine. You can try a moisturising shower wash like Dove also. Keep a check on your eyes, swimming everyday for 10 days if you are not used to it your eyes may suffer.Posted 4 years ago
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