Afternoon all. Have to say I’m quite encouraged by two things today. First, my staying power in relation to this blog has surprised me. I’m like many people ,in that I’m a demon for having the greatest of intentions when embarking on new ventures with all the enthusiasm of a child unwrapping presents on Christmas morning, only for the inevitable to happen, yes my gusto wanes to a trickle. Second, and this is most probably related to the aforementioned, I seemed to have gathered a few clicks, eyeballs, views or whatever you want to call it. yes, astonishingly enough I’m not the only person reading these words!! Yes it seems ludicrous I know but apparently a few people have logged on to read my musings, or as I affectionately call it, my stream of consciousness. Now, whether the same people bother coming back remains to be seen, but in the meantime buoyed by the presence of an audience I’ll have to up my literary game !
Delighted to say I am over the worst of the unhealthiness that blighted the last 7 days. When you’re unwell its as much about the day to day disruption it causes to your normal schedule as it is about feeling woeful. So thankfully I was able to get back into my usual fitness regime which for the last 3 years has involved a dip in the pool. In that time I have steadily worked my way up from being a bona fide doggy paddler to someone who can manage a few lengths without having a heart attack. In fact 3 years ago I couldn’t even swim a length properly, by that I mean with my head under the water and breathing bilaterly. Since then I’ve taken great satisfaction in learning the basics of swimming using only you tube as guidance. Now I swim a mile, which is about 64 laps of a 25 meter pool in about 35 minutes which gives me a huge sense of achievement. To serious swimmers, that time will probably make them giggle but to me its a massive statement of what the mind and body can do in tandem from a standing start. It also proves you can teach an ageing dog new tricks!
Swimming is an absolute joy and of all the sports I have played I notice it has the greatest of health benefits. I have an activity tracker on my wrist which monitors everything I do when awake and asleep. While in an average week I play football, walk and cycle I notice its the swimming that has the greatest impact on my heart rate in the 24- 48 hours after being in the pool. Sports of any kind will generally lower your heart rate temporarily but swimming seems to do this to a greater extent, which brings with it a whole host of ancillary benefits, from lowering blood pressure to enhanced lung capacity and function to generally improving mood. The fact that swimming is also very low impact on the joints is another plus in my opinion. So if you’ve got a pool nearby, I’d highly recommend using it, just pace yourself initially and seek out lessons if you feel you need guidance. Swimming much like learning to drive is one of those life skills that never stops giving. Take the plunge, your body will thank you for it 🙂