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It’s never too late to learn to swim… better!

Learning to swim as an adult can be challenging for some more than others. We see people swimming around making it look easy and it is easy for them because they have been swimming their entire life or close to it. They have spent more hours in a swimming pool than you can imagine; playing, training for a swim meet, practicing water polo just a few of the many things that can be done in a swimming pool.

You’re an adult and think it’s time to learn how to swim. Make sure to have the proper gear. Find a swim suit that is comfortable and goggles that fit your eye size and shape, both should fit properly. If you have long hair a swim cap works better than a ponytail. It will actually keep your hair out of your eyes. Now, there are a lot of really good swim instructors waiting for you.

The first day you take the plunge you’ll be hooked; okay maybe not hooked. Let’s face it, it may take a few times to get comfortable and gain confidence in the water. With help the next thing you know ‘You will be one of those people making it look easy’.

Get Outside and Try One of These Beginner Hikes!

If you are bored with your current workout or are just tired of doing the same cardio routine while watching TV, going outside may be just what your body (and mind) have been looking for. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have the rare opportunity to explore the wilderness in a fun and safe way. There are literally hundreds of trails scattered throughout the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges just waiting for you to climb and enjoy. Your body will thank you for getting out of the city, away from the noise, the traffic, and the headache that comes along with daily life.

New to hiking? Not sure where you should go? Afraid you might be eaten by a bear? Or get caught in an avalanche? No problem. Listed below you will find a handful of beginner hikes that are great for conditioning during the dark days of winter. These hikes are at lower elevations and will be clear of snow and most are well populated (bears don’t really like crowds) and most are within 30 minutes of the city.

Be sure to look up all the information before heading out. Some trails require a Discover Pass (can be purchased for $10 daily or $30 for the year at REI or a ranger station) or the Northwest Forest Pass (can be purchased for $35 for the year at REI or a ranger station).

  • Little Si
    Unlike it’s big brother (or sister) Mount Si, Little Si offers a nice relief from the weekend hikers. While everyone trudges up Mount Si training to climb Mount Rainier, few people venture over to the Little Si trail (which offers more view points!). This allows for you to feel secluded but comfortable. The hike is roughly 5 miles with 1200 feet of elevation gain.
  • Rattlesnake Ledge
    Rattlesnake Ledge is a fantastic hike with spectacular views at the top. Don’t let the name mislead you, Rattlesnake Ledge is a safe and friendly hike. With only 4 miles and 1160 feet of elevation gain, this hike can easily be finished in a couple of hours. This gives you plenty of time to get back home and enjoy the rest of your day.
  • Wilderness Peak
    Wilderness Peak will be the first hike of the Hiking Club this year. The trail ends at a beautiful summit just above Issaquah and is part of Cougar Mountain. With several stream crossings and old growth, this trails promises to inspire!
  • West Tiger Mountain
    West Tiger Mountain is one of the more populated hikes on Tiger Mountain. It is a great, low elevation, conditioning hike. I would not recommend doing this one for the view at the top but the experience along the way is great. Tiger Mountain is one of the shorter mountains in the Issaquah Alps so the view is selective from the summit. Instead, enjoy the old growth, large variety of trees, as various plants that will accompany you to the top. I would suggest doing this hike on a weekday or early morning on a weekend to avoid the crowds.

Always be prepared before entering the wilderness, even if it is for a simple day hike. Be sure to have plenty of food and water for everyone in your group. Also, make sure you have a first aid kit and you have told at least 1 person (who is not hiking with you) where you will be and when you plan on returning. By staying safe you can insure that you have the most fun possible in the safest way!

If you are interested in more hikes or want a group to go with, stay connected with the SAC Hiking Club at Seattle Athletic Club Downtown. Groups leave from the Club at 7:00am every 3rd Saturday of the month. The cost is $15 per person (non-members and pets welcome!!) For more information, please contact Personal Fitness Trainer Thomas Eagen for more information.