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Date: 8/3/12 5:31 PM

DH is going to check out a swimming program tomorrow he told me at a nearby town pool site. It is $35 per month & is for adults to learn to swim & exercise in the water. I go back & forth between wanting to be supportive & being nervous as I myself have a fear of deep water... I mean FEAR of deep water. He said he has read it will help with arthritis & also his over all circulation & weight loss. ...... Has anyone learned to swim in their 50's ? Like it or no?

I have tried to learn a few times but cannot overcome my own fears & breathing issues to complete a series of lessons.

Thanks so much for any input.... I sure appreciate it...

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Date: 8/3/12 6:13 PM

I think swimming is a great way to exercise if you have OA. is a SUPER exercise all around.

OA has a huge vascular component, in fact cardiovascular disease and OA are most commonly found together. getting a rich blood supple to the joints would really benefit him. Its not only arteries in heart that can have plaque build up but also the network in bone.
Its great he wants to do this, he could cont onwards swimming forever
have you tried hypnosis?...simple floating on back techniques?
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Date: 8/3/12 6:29 PM

I am not sure from your post if both of you are currently non swimmers or just you?

I come from a family of water babies, but married into a family that avoids water unless it is in the bathtub or shower.

Be supportive of your DH, you do not have to join him, but encourage him in his efforts. If seeing him in the water causes you anxiety, do not go to the pool.

Swimming is a great exercise, but generally, for some strange reason does not contribute to weight loss. But it does help to strengthen muscles, including the heart, which benefits circulation.

If you decide to try swimming again, find lessons that a geared to those with a fear of the water. You are not alone in your fear.

Quite a few aquafit classes are held in the shallow end of a pool. The participants can put their feet down at any time.

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Date: 8/3/12 6:30 PM

I am impressed...I am much more like you-scared of the water. My only recommendation is that your DH gets a doctor's OK before...as anyone, but especially older adults (like me) should get before starting any new exercise program. Good luck to him.



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Date: 8/3/12 7:12 PM

TGM I have a fear of water myself. I took the adult classes to learn to swim to overcome it. While I can swim, and I could before I took the classes, it did a lot to allow me to be able to take my son to a pool.

If he wants to do it, it's a good thing!

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Date: 8/3/12 7:22 PM

We are both non swimmers ... though DH does not have the fear of deep water that I do. He does know how to float on a floating board. .... Thank you for understanding my own fear of the water.

Thanks everyone for posting so far...... I will be supportive, it does sound like it will be positive from all the responses here. He does need activity now that neither of us are bicycling any longer due to painful knees, hips & feet ... I hope this will be a good thing then.

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Date: 8/3/12 7:25 PM

I learned to swim when I was 28 and it was by far the scariest thing I have ever willingly chosen to do.

I first took adult lessons at a the local community pool and the instructors were fantastic about easing you in slowly, getting used to the water, floating, etc.... The pool had nice wide ramp, and they would have us get used to doing whatever we were doing in the really shallow water first, then progress to deeper water. At no point in that class did we go anywhere near deep water. It was 8 weeks of classes in water about 4ft deep. They made it fun, but I will say that of about 8 of us in the class, only myself and another guy stuck with it through the end. After that class, I took some lessons from the military base nearby and I was so glad that I started at the community pool. On base, it was far more sink or swim, but I was already pretty confident from the first series, so it wasn't bad. It was just not what you would want for beginner adult swim lessons for someone who has fears of the water.

If your husband wants to do it, by all means, support away. It's very empowering to conquer your fears. It might help you if you got more information about what was done in the class. I think we spent the first 6 weeks or so overcoming our fears before we even got to the actual swimming part.

BTW, I vowed that if I EVER have children, they will learn to swim first before any other lessons, because it's not something fun to go through as an adult. I think the fear just builds and builds over time.

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Date: 8/3/12 7:43 PM

Well, I could do the deadman's float (I'm a Navy veteran) but I took lessons in my 50"s so I could do more than that.

I had private lessons, with the instructor teaching a group of little kids before me. These little kids would sit up in the bleachers watching my lesson while waiting to be picked up by parents.

Well, when I started putting my head under, or getting across the pool, etc., those little kids ohhed and aahed, and even applauded.

We should all have such an audience. See if you can arrange it!

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Date: 8/3/12 7:46 PM

I think this is a great idea and to be encouraged.
As an example I learnt to swim as a kid but was not very confident, hated water in my eyes and never learnt to do strokes or breathe properly. In my early 30's I took adult swim classes and loved it both for understanding techniques finally and the exercise it gave me. Also 8 or so years ago I paid for adult lessons for my parents then in their late 60's who were petrified of the water, complete non swimmers and really didn't want to go. My mum learnt to swim and will now get in the water to cool down on a hot summer's day, although my dad didn't take so well to it with excuses of a neck injury but did at least finish the session.
Who knows your DH doing the class may also encourage you to overcome your fears and you could have a new passtime to enjoy together.

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Date: 8/4/12 1:14 AM

Annie -oh, I think that is awesome!

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