Don’t enjoy swimming? Or just not a good swimmer? Well read on then. I have been going to the pool once or twice a week for the past 9 months. I am still not a particularly good swimmer, and I don’t find it easy to go to the pool, but I have discovered a number of reasons why I love swimming.
I began going to the local pool 9 months ago with my partner who was pregnant at the time. I have never been a great swimmer, and it took some time before my body started to get into the rhythm of swimming laps. I kept with it though and am now feeling the benefits. These relate to the following:
- Lack of back pain: I have had problems with back pain in the past, but since I have been swimming I cannot recall having any back pains.
- Strength: I have seen a noticeable increase in my strength since I began swimming regularly.
- Self-discipline: everyone loves the pool on a hot summers day. But guess what? Its not always a hot summers day. Quite often I go to the pool (an outdoors one) when the weather is cooler or afterwork. It can be tough to motivate myself to go on these occasions, but when I finish my swim with the knowledge that I did something that I did not want to do, I feel great.
- Whole body conditioning: I have found swimming has helped tone my upper and lower body.