An Alternative To Running….Plus You Get To Find Out Something I Can’t Do‏

Daniel Bell (AUS) action reflections Swimming 2000 Sydney PG

Guess who’s back, back again


Kieran’s back tell a friend.


Yeah, really tell them so they can subscribe to my list.


My laptop has been fixed after my dog used it as a trampoline. So blame him for a lack of e-mails the last couple of days. His natural cuteness makes it hard to stay mad at him.


Enough of this foolishness, let’s get down to some serious business.


I want to discuss alternatives to running for all you steady state cardio lovers.


Now, I am actually a fan of running and fit it in around my other training at least 2 times per week.


When I run something quite problematic occurs.


Two massive tennis ball sized lumps appear on the outside of each leg next to my ankles.


Leaving me in quite some pain.


When I was a member of the Scottish Institute Of Sport, some of the best doctors and physiotherapists in the country tried to diagnose the problem but to no avail. It remains a medical mystery.


Why am I telling you this?


I know many people who have had issues arise from running too much. Whether this is problems with their feet or conditions like shin splints.


This can be very debilitating and make running not an option or meaning less volume of running is needed.


What to replace it with?


I am going to nominate swimming as an appropriate replacement.


However, I must preface telling you the advantages of swimming with this.


I, Kieran Malone cannot swim. Yup, I am a loser.


My excuse, which by the way I am beginning to actually believe, is that I must have denser bones than normal people.  Until this is proved otherwise that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.


The whole kicking my arms and legs in unison thing is something I struggle with.


I digress, back on topic.


Swimming provides a great cardiovascular workout but without the repeated impact on the joints. Moving through the water is considerably smoother for the body rather than the constant pounding of food on road or treadmill.


Remember your body becomes lighter when it is submerged in water.


It is also a full body workout, meaning you have an opportunity to hit every part of the body compared to running being heavily leg dominant.


Moving through water is extremely more difficult to move through than air. The repetition of having to propel your body through water acts as great resistance training and will promote muscle building.


You will find it extremely hard to find a better exercise than swimming to provide you with a healthy heart, lungs and cardiovascular system.


Look at swimmers whenever you see them on television, great athletic specimens. You’re not telling me some of you out there would not like that physique.


If all you take away from today is that there is an alternative to running I am a happy man.


Unfortunately I need to stick to the running as I would drown if I went swimming so you guys need to swim and I will be there in spirit.


Peace out.

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