Lifetime Fitness Activities
Fitness Walking-- When we combine walking with breathing exercises we are FULLY alive!
Walking is the original stress reliever, burns calories, and makes us stronger.
No special equipment needed. Five or fifty minutes will do. Get moving.
Walking Sites www.thewalkingsite.com www.Gaiam.com
Swimming and Paddling- get in or on the water to paddle to stay healthy.
Places to learn www.goswim.tv www.swimmingworldmagazine.com
CustomSports Swim Lessons : Finding your natural stroke
Swim Lesson #1---Snap the Kinetic Chain
Try initiating the arm motion of the crawl by lifting the shoulder and hip instead of just your arm; it helps to get a pendulum-type body-swing going, plus, lifting the hip helps the coil to unlink a good leg/foot snap in the kick. Get the feel with some dry-land training: lay on your belly, arms extended, alternately lift only the hip and shoulder off the floor. As you get better on dry land it will help you stay in the envelope to gain speed in the water.
Kick Split Many swimmer have good form--until they breathe. That is when they lift their head instead of roll the shoulders. Lifting the head makes the feet sink and lose glide, when we separate our legs and lose our kick as well. Work on keeping your balance, with a straight line from head to feet, especially when you breathe. Swimming skinny lets you keep your momentum and glide through the water.
Arm extension on the glide; make sure you really extend your arm and reach, get your elbow way out there on each stroke. When your elbow extends it will naturally pull the hip on that side down, initiating the correct amount of body rotation.The hip pull down torques up the opposite shoulder that begins the next stroke, getting the upcoming arm in position to begin to unlink forward for the next stroke.