April 7, 2014

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Get Into Swimming for Endurance, Strength and Fat Loss

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Years ago, one of my competitive sports was swimming. I also worked as a lifeguard. When I was a kid I had a fear of water due to many factors and like most humans, we weren’t designed for the water. Yet, after taking lessons (not from my father who threw me into deep water and said swim. I nearly drowned!), I developed a passion for it. Later, I excelled and joined a swim team while I was in jr. high and later in high school. My best stroke was the breaststroke, followed by the butterfly.

Swimming increased my upper body strength and endurance for other sports as well. When I added what I did already, I became a much better overall athlete. In the arena of natural movement, swimming is a part of it. One should be able to function on land and sea.

Most Americans are pretty bad when it comes to swimming. According to the American Swim Coaches Association, only about 2% of Americans can swim a quarter mile. Heck, I used to 1+ mile ocean swims on a regular basis. And adding to the fact that about 60% fear even getting into water, we can see that there’s a lot of swim resistance going on.

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There are a lot of benefits to adding swimming to your overall fitness plan. Michael Phelps had to consume 10,000+ calories a day when he was in training mode. He burned a whole of calories! Swimming does that. If you’re looking to lose that excess body fat, then swimming is another avenue for you. Swimming builds upper body strength (as I stated earlier). That is a reason a lot of marathoners are lousy swimmers, because they lack that upper body strength and many can’t even make it halfway across an Olympic-sized pool. Swimming builds endurance. You have to use your whole body, including your core, to be an effective swimmer.

Speaking of effective swimming, a reason many struggle with it is that their body is simply not moving the right way. There’s a lot of drag going on and this uses a lot of energy. Top swimmers know how to swim in a way that cuts down on the resistance of the water.

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For the standard crawl stroke, it’s important to move your body as a single unit. A strong core is needed. When taking a breath, roll your body to the side and not your head. This lessens the drag that your body has on the water. When you do this, you’ll expend less energy and will be able to travel farther. There’s more to the science of swimming and I may post it later.

My challenge to you is get into swimming this coming Summer season and have fun too.

Cheers,

Bob Choat, “Transformational Master Black Belt” Black_belt.svg-sm
America’s #1 Mind-Body Transformation Expert and author of Mind Your Own Fitness

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April 6, 2014

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The Strength of Your Brain Relies on the Fitness of Your Body

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With the recent stats coming out regarding the fitness of various areas of the country, it’s important to mention that what happens to our body also affects our brain.  In a sense, a healthy body = a healthy brain.  I can remember the times when my body wasn’t fit and it affected how my mind […]

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April 4, 2014

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Beating Burnout Through Extreme Self-Care

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Recently I faced a challenge on getting a small project done. It kinda kept me sleepless at night and had I kept that pace up, I might have burned out. In today’s very fast-paced world people are running on full steam trying to keep going. The more they do, the less they get done. The […]

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April 2, 2014

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Fartlek Training for Endurance in the Martial Arts

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Back when I was in the Marines, I was introduced to a specialized form of training that the old-timers used back in the 1940′s.  These were developed for Officers Candidate School (OCS) and is still used to this day.  Even though it was used to develop endurance for running, it can be used for any […]

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April 2, 2014

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Do It Because You Really Want to Do It and You’ll Keep Doing It

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Most people aren’t self-motivated and never really finish anything.  Heck, they may never even start it either.  From what I’ve seen with them is that they are told to do something because they have to.  Yes, it’s important in some cases for the “have to’s” to get done.  We see this in a crisis situation.  […]

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March 31, 2014

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Never Disgard an Opportunity That Is In Line With Your Passion and Purpose

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op·por·tu·ni·ty noun \ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nə-tē, -ˈtyü-\ : an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done Moving forward can sometimes seem daunting.  Yet, there will come times within your life that doors open up that help you along.  I remember creating various business plans in the past for different activities that I was […]

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March 30, 2014

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Take Advantage of the Great Outdoors as Your Personal Gym

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Well, Spring is here and still, not too many people have ventured outdoors.  It perturbs me that even children nowadays are engaging in outdoor activities as we once did in the past.  It sure seems like we’ve gotten into an indoor, sit at the computer mentality.  Playing video games have become the sport of the […]

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March 29, 2014

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Are You Really Busy or Simply Inefficient With Your Time?

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Today’s world has become so freaking crazy that people are going around bragging of how “busy” they are.  What the heck? Yet, these same people haven’t accomplished anything.  I’ve heard people tell me that they are too busy to workout or eat healthy.  They seem to do well with their time on Facebook and otherwise […]

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March 27, 2014

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The Importance of Analysis and Why Making Mistakes is Critical to Success

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So often have I heard the expression, “Analysis-Paralysis.”  While it’s true that people tend to analyze something to death, it’s also important for analysis to be a part of our life.  Why?  Well, it’s simply a part of feedback that we get every single moment of our life.  Even in nature we see it.  Though, […]

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March 26, 2014

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We’re Now Into Spring and It’s Time to Embrace the Moments Now and Forever!

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I was walking earlier in the morning and listened to the various sounds around me. Sure, there were several vehicles driving by and those were not the sounds I focused on. It’s Spring! So, I listened to the birds chirping and singing all around me. Granted, it’s not quite the same as living in the […]

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