Yep, this swimming thing. It's really working out. The pool I swim at has the perfect lap swim hours and it's never busy. Besides the cost, it's a pretty decent set-up.
The pool is 25 yards long. I swim 40 minutes and can do the breast stroke in 30-40 seconds per length (depending on how lazy I'm feeling). This means I'm swimming anywhere from 60 to 80 laps every time I go, but based on my speed, I'm going to say I swim closer to 70 laps per visit. This works out well for the part of me that is a bit OCD, because a swimmer would have to make 70.4 laps of the pool to swim a mile. So now when people ask how far I swim, I'll say "a mile".
One of the most difficult things for me is being in a solitary, quiet space for even such a short amount of time. I do spend it thinking great thoughts, mostly about ideas for my novel, but sadly, I lose them as soon as I'm done. I guess it would be sort of weird to keep writing down my ideas at the end of each lap, huh?
I've wanted to get a waterproof case for my ipod so I can swim with music, but I'm a bit hesitant. First there is the cost involved, and second, there's the whole issue of submerging my ipod underwater. That just seems wrong. I bet if I had music I could swim even longer, though. Hmmm.
If you've been looking for a more effective work-out, or even to just start working out in the first place, I can't recommend swimming enough. I can barely run for five minutes, but I can swim for 40 without feeling exhausted. And it WORKS. It is a total body work-out. The other bonus? No sweating! I HATE sweating. Hate. Did I say I hate it? If I have to break a sweat while doing something, there's a 99% chance I'll never want to do it again.