Advantages A GREAT WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH, BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE AND MAKE YOU SMILE
Disadvantages CAN BE A WEE BIT CHILLY IN THE WINTER ... BRRRRR!!!!
Swimming*****My History of Water*****
My lasting memory of early reading experiences is that I would read the pictures rather than the words. I would be quite happy creating my own little stories from the illustrations, instead of depending on what the author had actually written on the page. I can remember very vividly, sitting next to my mum on our brown faux leather sofa some time during the winter of 1980-81, with my stomach tied in knots because I couldn't read the word 'enormous'. We were reading The Enormous Turnip at the time and that blasted word was on every single page!Now you may be wondering, and rightly so, what on earth all this has to do with the subject of swimming. Well let me tell you in a single word. Confidence.
And now, I love to swim too. I love the freedom and the serenity of it. Gliding through the water and feeling the pull on my limbs. Feeling that sense of powerfulness as I push myself through the rippling blue. There is a weightlessness, a calmness to being immersed in water, especially underwater swimming, a silent minnowing below the surface like a sleek and swift mermaid. I feel free and serene and calm when I swim. Light. Soft. Peaceful.
There are so many health benefits of swimming, not just from a physical point of view, but mental as well. The obvious health benefit is weight loss, or, if you don't need to loose weight, swimming helps to tone your muscles so that they work to burn calories more effectively.
Swimming has far less negative effects on your body as an exercise like, for example, running, and is far more accessible to people (like me) who are overweight. If I went out running I would probably do myself a serious injury (or knock myself out..!!) But swimming is different - your body is supported by the water, and the water also acts as a resistance so that your muscles have to work that bit harder to move you through it. There is therefore less stress and strain on joints, which could, with a different activity, like running for example, cause pain.
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