If you can't tell I love swimming, I am all behind getting in the water! Unfortunately as life goes, doing my yoga teacher training and trying to concentrate on running I have hardly swam this year. Swimming literally makes me so happy and I don't think I had really taken it into account how much I had missed it. To me swimming is literally like meditation and feels very similar to yoga. It is a time where I can concentrate on my breathing and clear my mind of all thoughts (as best one can). It's like the moment I submerge myself in the water I am forgetting about my day and slowly each thought is removing itself from my mind and allowing me to be just me. I know that for a lot of people swimming may remind them of school, being cold and forgetting their underwear and having to where a school pair. Just me? Damn. I do mutter to myself every time I get in the pool forgetting how cold it is but you just have to suck it up, dunk your head under and get on your way, you'll get hot before you know it.
Six reasons to swim:
One – Low Impact – Swimming is a low impact sport. Therefore it has far less impact on your joints then something like running. This is why it's such a great cross functional exercise when doing things like marathon training. This also means that it is suitable for all ages.
Two – Relaxation – Swimming really forces you to think about your breathing especially if you go all in and get your face under! In this respect it very much reminds me of yoga using the breath with movement. Being under water is relaxing, reduces stress and allows you to switch off from the outside world.
Three – Full body workout – Yes that's right your arms, core and legs all get involved. Therefore I think it makes a great choice for an exercise that works everything.
Four – Change of Scenery – with swimming it can be pool based, lido, river, lake, reservoir or sea. This means it can take you to some amazing places. I have a list of my favourite outdoor swimming places here. Please remember however that open water especially can be very dangerous, stay safe!
Five – Lots of types – There's freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly or even doggy paddle. Lots of different strokes to choice from and tonnes of technique drills to do to help you on your journey. Not only that but swimming opens doors to many other sports like diving (scuba or not), water skiing, surfing (wind or not).
Six – Life skill – I genuinely believe that swimming is a bit of a life skill and for all you know could save your life. Just knowing that you can swim does put your mind at ease when you are near water. I know that of course there are some waters that are extremely dangerous and even the strongest swimmers may not survive. However the idea that one day I will be able to teach my kids to swim fills me with you. Also means on holiday when it's hot I can dunk myself right in!
Stay safe out their and swim! Xx