All good stuff – I couldn’t agree more
Love this thanks for sharing I totally agree the mental health benefits as a fulltime work solo dad of two far out weigh the reasons not to swim.
I’m a massive fan of openwater too and was once a pro triathlete dabbling in events around the ITU world.
20 years in the sport still hands down the one that brings the most inner peace is in the openwater amongst mother nature and the amazing elements our beautiful country aotearoa has to offer.
Awesome article 👏
Swimming is to me like getting in the zone!!!
I use to run a lot and I will get in the zone running for like 45 minutes every day now the mile and half keeps getting shorter in time thanks to the Ocean walker technique.
But anyway to me swimming is like jogging in water share the love and be fearless with your form.
I agree, since babyhood I have swum and competed and I lost most of my hearing at birth. In the water, I do not have to hear anyone, yet; I love to talk to people at the pool and they are my best friends no matter their age or gender. Swimmers are a special breed of humanity, we are happy to see you and enjoy the water no matter if you lack mobility or have dementia…to see the joy in peoples’ faces make me so very happy. No matter all my troubles, they disappear when I swim. To swim is to be a part of life. A life that is all yours.
Years ago my husband had a knee operation. Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. We didn’t know if he would live or lose a leg. My kids were in junior high. While my husband was in the hospital I got up early and swam. I could cry without my kids seeing it. I just told them my goggles leaked (before Magic5). Swimming was my lifesaver; I could carry on around my kids and help create a semi normal time for them. Fortunately, after 6 more operations, he is fine and I still swim! I do tell my husband that if he was a swimmer, he would have not needed a knee operation (collegiate runner).
Thank you for sharing this. Reading about the joy swimming brings to you reminded me this morning that I need to get back in the water. After losing my mom unexpectedly over the holidays, I have been out of the water for over a month as I struggle to process life without her. Everything you said about swimming is true and sometimes you need someone to remind you why swimming, movement, nature and a community of friends is important.
Thank you for your inspirational comments!
Yes I totally agree, swimming has literally saved my life. I have been swimming since I was 9, and now at almost 69, I enjoy it more.?First it’s an all-round workout. Exercising your joints, lungs and heart. I try and swim 3 times a week every week, if I skip I feel like I cheated. It is definitely a big part of my life 🏊♀️
Hi, this is very helpful snd just confirmed my thoughts, thank you for such a honest blog of your experiences
Those are 3 huge benefits of swimming!