Why I swim

People choose to open water swim for all sorts of reasons. It can be a social thing, making and meeting up with friends doing something you all enjoy. It can be a spiritual experience, feeling closer to nature, enjoying the textures and sensations of the water. Some do it for exercise, some to build stamina, others to train for triathlons or other competitive events.

Photo by  Moon  on  Unsplash

Photo by Moon on Unsplash

For me it is a great stress reliever. It is an escape from everything else going on. It is just me and the water, focused on the temperature and how that affects different parts of my body, the waves, the light, my breathing, the wildlife; every swim is different.

Swimming clears my mind of all other thoughts and sets me up for the day or calms me down after a bad one. It is a form of mindfulness, a meditation in the water. And as a fat bloke it’s also great exercise as it keeps the weight and strain off my joints.

There are increasing amount of evidence that suggest that open water swimming is good for both mental and physical health. Google it.

It’s free, doesn’t involve clammy airless swimming pools, or too-warm, over-chlorinated water.

The bottom line for me is that I do it because I enjoy it. Otherwise why do it?


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If you find this information useful please make a donation to the Tynemouth Seal Rescue Unit (part of British Divers Marine Life Rescue). If you’re feeling particularly generous have a look at their Amazon Wish List.