I was lucky enough in life to learn how to swim at a young age. Growing up near the ocean it was a perfect excuse to get to paddling, especially if I wanted freedom from my mom’s gaze when enjoying the beach! I also had some great lessons in outdoor pools, indoor swimming arenas and other nearby watering holes. Snorkeling became one of my top things to do while traveling as well – and I hope to add scuba diving to the roster this year as well.
To Swim or Not to Swim?
When I have a regular swim routine, I feel fantastic. It’s low impact and can be the perfect exercise for any age and ability. Not to mention, when I travel it’s wonderful to have the confidence to swim almost anywhere – even in super deep ocean water. Luckily, the range of ladies swimwear has taken much of the guesswork out of deciding what to sport when doing laps at the pool or in the sea. So now you can simply concentrate on the task at hand – which is feeling great after a nice, long swim!
In the end, if you have the means, its’ well worth investing in a few lessons to feel comfortable in the water. And if you’re looking for a workout that’s gentle but burns calories, this can be the perfect activity.
Where to Start a Swim Routine
If you haven’t thought about your strokes in a long time or are even wary of getting in open water, start slow. Choose a swimsuit that’s practical and something you are comfortable swimming in, so you won’t have to worry about how you may look or feel.
Once you start to think more seriously about a swim routine, consider some one-on-one training and joining your local public pool. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones to have warm swimming conditions real-round, this is essential to stick to a habit.
How Does Swimming Help your Health?
Of course it does. Swimming is one of the best exercises out there for everyone – whether you have pre-existing conditions, haven’t tried a workout routine before or are even muscle building as a pro. Swimming slowly but surely accounts for better flexibility and strength while offering a total body workout.
Here’s a quick list of all the things improved by swimming in your body:
- blood pressure
- cholesterol levels
- cardiovascular performance
- central nervous system health
- cognitive functioning
- muscle mass
This doesn’t even touch upon the perks for your own well-being and mental health. Swimming can be a fabulous source of stress relief with the classic dose of endorphins found in all forms of movement. However, water also deprives us of sensory overload, which can help alleviate anxiety and nervousness.
With all this said, I think I’m going to get off the laptop and take my own advice – it’s time for a quick swim in the ocean before dinner!
Do you enjoy swimming? Do you like to swim for fun or is it part of an exercise routine for you? Do you prefer the pool or the open water?