Wednesday, September 21. 2011
The “Biggest Loser” is a show that we enjoy watching in our family, but I am always bummed to see the pool in every shot of the ranch, empty and unused. I’m not sure about the length of the pool or even if it’s “lap swimmer friendly,” but I wish the contestants didn’t spend almost all of their workout time in the gym. Lifetime sports such as swimming, tennis and golf can be great for maintaining fitness and health and I would like to see the show highlight these types of activities. Maybe with Anna Kournikova as a trainer, tennis will get some “face time”.
I think swimming laps can be good exercise for people who are overweight as the water is a more “friendly” environment. Movement is easier in the water and it helps support a person’s body. It’s also a good place to exercise with an injury. I can remember many injured runners in my college years spending time in the pool to maintain their fitness. Swimming is also a sport that can be done throughout one’s life. My dad and mom, (81 and 76 years of age respectively) swim laps in a pool in the winter and a lake in the summer.
To be fair with the show, the contestants may not know how to swim. A person can’t lose weight swimming if they’re a non-swimmer. Maybe too with swimming, contestants wouldn’t see the huge weight drops they experience in the gym. ALTHOUGH, it would be an interesting battle if the half the contestants were former swimmers and worked out in the pool and gym. Would they be able to lose as much weight as the gym rats? It was nice to see some future clips of the show with Anna Kournikova leading a water aerobics class with the older contestants in the pool. Water aerobics can be done by swimmers and non-swimmers alike.
Ultimately a person trying to stay fit for life should choose activities they enjoy. If you are a “swimmer at heart”, embrace the water.
On October 1st the 2011 Winter Swim Challenge begins and this program can help a person with a background in swimming, lose weight. The first category is 50 miles over a 6 month period which works out to about 3400 yards per week. That is 3 workouts of 1150 yards or 5 workouts of 700 yards every week. There are also categories of 100, 150, 200 and 250 miles. Reigstration closes October 2nd. Go to http://usopenwaterswimming.org/virtualswim.htm