If swimming lap after lap seems daunting and boring to you, then try water aerobics/aquatic fitness. You can do a multitude of things in the water, other than lap swimming, to get in shape and stay in shape. It is an excellent way to get fit and stay fit.
Check with your doctor before starting an exercise regime, especially if you have any health concerns.
You will find all the information you need to develop an aquatic plan of attack listed below.
To get the maximum benefits from your aquatic exercise you want to workout in your Target Heart Rate Zone.
Subtract your age from 220
Then subtract your Resting Heart Rate
Multiply this number by .6
Then add your Resting Heart Rate
This gives you the lower limit of your Target heart Rate
Multiply the result from step 2 by .8
Add your Resting Heart Rate
This is the upper limit of your Target Heart Rate
Maintain your heart rate between the lower and upper limit of your Target Heart Rate.
Don't forget to always drink plenty of water!
If you're not sure what level to start at, complete the Copper 12-minute Swim Test (see step 5 below). Once you're done you'll have a better idea of what level workouts to start on;
Fitness Category I, II, III = Beginner workouts
Fitness Category IV = Intermediate workouts
Fitness Category V = Advanced workouts.
After you've decided what level you will workout at, you should complete each workout three times before moving on to the next workout.
To track your progress, repeat the swim test periodically. Your laps finished per 12 minutes should increase to show improvement.