Angela Lane has great memories of swimming during her childhood, spending endless summer days at the pool to find refuge from the Arkansas heat. She became a lifeguard as a teen, and she swam for fitness during high school and college.
Two years ago, things were different. At age 31, Lane weighed 200 pounds. She hadn’t been in a pool for more than 10 years.
She began a weight loss program, and started to think about exercising again.
“People would tell me, ‘You need to run or walk,’ but when I tried that, my ankles and knees hurt,” she says. “When I finally realized I needed to exercise, I said, ‘OK, what do I like?’ because if you like it, you’re going to do it more.”
She took to the pool. Her first goal was completing just one lap.
“Each week, I would get stronger