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The Health Benefits of a Consistent Swimming Routine

Today, I’m happy to bring you a FANTASTIC guest-post, written by the author and creator of An Apple Per Day, Kaitlin Gardner. Enjoy!

Like any exercise regimen or practice, consistency is essential to long-term benefits to your health. Swimming is no exception, but the health benefits of a swimming routine are special, if for no other reason that the environment in which it takes place. Additionally, with the growing popularity of indoor swim centers, along with traditional gyms and YMCA facilities, swimming can now be enjoyed year-round in nearly every region of the country.

Why Swimming?

The benefits are plentiful, and if you ask ten people, you might get ten different answers. There are reasons why I think swimming is one of the very best overall healthy exercises a person can participate in. Here are a few links with even more great ideas and reasons working swimming into your routine:

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Friday Fitness

Happy Friday!

It’s a little late to be sharing that sentiment but better late than never, right!?

Alright, so I made a promise to check in weekly on how my “healthier” lifestyle was going. If you missed my first Friday Fitness post where I explain my goals, here it is.

My goals for this past week:

Goals for 9/28/12 – 10/4/2012:

Amount Lost:


Yeah! First week in and I lost .4, not too shabby!

Amount Remaining to Lose:


Still plenty to lose but you’ve got to start somewhere.

Here are my goals from last week and my update.

Food Goals:

  • Snacks are my downfall. I need to work on cutting out all the snacks that have no nutritional value
  • Eat more fruit and veg. By doing the above, this one should come naturally

I definitely cut out snacks but I didn’t do a really great job of adding in more fruits and veg. I made sure to have some more fruit with breakfast but the rest of the day was kind of devoid of any produce.

  • EAT. AT. HOME. I have such a habit of grabbing food out while I’m running errands. I will allow myself to go out for 1 dinner and 1 lunch a week.

I did much better with this! Yahoo!! I think I only grabbed lunch out once and that was yesterday when we were pretty much out of lunchy like foods.

  • Find some new recipes that Seamus and I can make for dinners

I didn’t find anything new for this week’s menu but I did Pin a bunch of different things that we’ll use in the future.

Fitness Goals:

  • Get my butt to a gym and open a membership with them. I have two gyms in mind, one of them has a pool which is the one I’m leaning towards because I love swimming but I want to ensure the rest of the gym is in good condition before actually joining.

I joined a gym!! Yahooooo! You know what motivated me to do it? This blog and holding myself accountable to my readers. I went out on Sunday and joined, it felt good to get that out of the way.

  • Walk! There is NEVER an excuse not to put Emmett in the stroller and hit the pavement, even if it’s for a short jaunt.

I so miserably failed on this one. We didn’t go out at all, not even once. Ugh! I can’t even use weather as an excuse, except for today. Boo to me!

  • Make my fitness goals a top priority!

Obviously as you can see from my above statement, I didn’t follow through on this one either.

What a miserable report!

Here’s a gorgeous picture to lift your (and mostly my) spirits…

Goals for 10/5/12 – 10/11/12

Amount Lost:

I’m not going to put a set number on the amount I want to lose this week. I’ll take ANYTHING!

Amount Remaining to Lose:


Food Goals:

  • Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at home, except for 1 dinner and 1 lunch.
  • Get in those vegetables!
  • Snack on fruits/vegetables, not crackers and chips

Fitness Goals:

  • Get to the gym at least 3 times
  • Walk with Emmet at least twice
  • Work on creating some sort of workout schedule. Even if it has holes and is just a loose idea of what I want, I need something.

I’ll be sure to check in next week and share my results!

Anyone have any exciting plans this weekend?

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