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Old 12-29-2009
joeintx joeintx is offline
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I am 52, just learned to swim about a year ago, however I have to use a snorkel. Also it takes me about 35-40 seconds to go 25m pool length.

Do you see any real health benefits here or am I just fooling myself?

Advice, comments??
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Old 12-29-2009
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Heck it is not about how fast you are. Huge health benefits in many ways. You can look at previous issues of the TI magazine for an article I wrote about how it has helped my back. I went from several episodes a year of debilitating back spasms to none. Great cardiovascular benefits in a gentle low-stress way.

What are your health goals?

Why are you using a snorkel? Do you have limited neck movement? Or do you have trouble coordinating breathing?
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Old 12-30-2009
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John - Thanks for your reply. Great to hear of your health benefits, congrats!

Sorry, guess I was a bit unclear. I didn't actually learn to swim completely. Can't seem to coordinate the breathing. Whenever I try to roll and take a breath, the rest suffers and I sink like a rock! Hence the snorkel.

I know there probably aren't much if any cardio benefits if using a snorkel but that's the only way I can manage.

Guess I can't multitask very well and too old to learn new tricks! Lol. I never learned how to swim as a kid, now its on my bucket list. Lol

As for health goals, nothing specific. I've been pretty healthy and would like to remain so as long as possible.
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Old 12-30-2009
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Breathing through the snorkel actually increases the amount of effort required for breathing. You are either breathing deeper or more frequently, or both, when using the snorkel.

The cardiovascular benefits of exercise are determined by how long you exercise and how hard you work. You may realize substantial health benefits by swimming for 30 minutes while keeping your heart rate in the aerobic range, regardless of how beautiful or ugly your swimming technique is.

If you enjoy swimming, keep it up. If you swim better with a snorkel, use it.
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Old 12-30-2009
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Radswim - Thanks for the encouraging comments!!

Joe -
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Old 12-31-2009
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BTW Joe,

Your not the only one who learned as an adult and just last year. I'm in that category as well. As John mentioned there are many benefits to swimming at an older age (I just turned 45 on 12/21), and you can do this well into your 70s and 80s. I never took a stroke before October 16th, 2008 and I did my first 10K back this past October. The breathing will come, but use the snorkel for now if that helps. Try and get the O2 in H2O DVD that should really help with breathing.

Keep Swimming!
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Old 12-31-2009
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Thanks Naji - I'm headed for the gym (pool) in about an hour!

Happy New Year!
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