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Fitness Guinea Pig: Sneak a Swim at Lunch

June 26, 2008

By Cary Aspinwall, Tulsa World, Okla.

Jun. 26–WORKOUT

Swimming laps during your lunch hour.

WHAT IT IS

Trying to sneak away, change into a swimsuit, swim 20-30 minutes of laps, shower and change to get back to work within a reasonable amount of time.

WHEN YOU CAN GO

The pool at the Patti Johnson Wilson YWCA, 1910 S. Lewis Ave., is open for lap swimming from noon to 2 p.m on weekdays. Call 587-2100 for additional hours and information.

IT’S BEST FOR

People who need a break in their day, a workout that’s easier on the joints, or who are low-maintenance and can shower and change quickly.

GEAR NEEDED

Swim suit, goggles, flip flops, towel, travel toiletries.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY

3 (on a scale of 1 to 4 sneakers)

DEGREE OF FUN 3 (on a scale of 1 to 4 sneakers)

FITNESS GUINEA PIG SAYS

Swimming during your lunch break feels like playing hooky from school. All those suckers are back at the office, and you’re splashing around like a mermaid, getting toned arms and abs and burning calories. Swimming is a great workout for cardiovascular health

and sore joints, plus you can burn about 200 calories or more per half hour of laps. The real challenge is the packing, changing and showering in the time you have allotted for your lunch break. Some people are great at this — they have short, sporty haircuts, can shower and change in five minutes and be back at work before their co-workers have returned from their lunchtime field trip to Knotty Pine. This is where FGP has trouble, because she is fairly high-maintenance and does clumsy things like sit down on her wet swim suit in her dry work clothes. But she wishes she could do laps for lunch every day, because it is so much fun and so good for you. Bully for you low-maintenance folks (FGP is very jealous).

Is there a workout or exercise that you want the Fitness Guinea Pig to try first? Send suggestions to cary.aspinwall@tulsaworld.com or call 581-8477.

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