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The Wonder of Water

You might have seen on Twitter that I was off swimming in the sea yesterday. With the water temperature at 5 degrees and the air temperature not much higher, I wasn’t going to be hanging around on the water’s edge taking photos of my legs so this photo was taken on holiday in Cyprus a few years back.

But I wanted to make my post this weekend about swimming so that it also fits with the SWAP revitalise prompt. Because, oh my goodness does swimming revitalise me! I have always loved swimming. I learnt young and took to it instantly. I remember my swimming teacher asking me whether I wanted to try for my five metre badge (who remembers those 1970s and 80s swimming badges?!) and by the end of the lesson I’d earned my five, 10 and 25 metres badges.

Over the years swimming is pretty much the only exercise I have done and enjoyed consistently. There’s been gaps, of course. I don’t remember swimming while I was at university and when I was running more than I can be bothered to these days I swam a lot less. But overall swimming has been the consistent. I’m lucky that for 24 years I’ve lived in London I have always lived or worked within 20 minutes walk of a pool. In fact at one office I could see into the pool from the kitchen.

Swimming looks after my head like no other physical exercise. I think clearly while in the water. Solutions to personal and professional problems reveal themselves. I work through break-ups and make-ups. I relive happy moments and process sad ones.

More recently – like every other woman approaching perimenopause! – I’ve started outdoor swimming and I absolutely bloody love it. The sharp bite of the cold see water and the delicious tingling that takes over your whole body. The smell of petrichor as we get the woody end of the lake on a Monday morning. The incredible Welsh landscape when I’m swimming in the lakes on visits. Every outdoor dip makes me feel so alive.

Sinful Sunday

6 Comments

  1. Jerbear

    I live in a country whose motto is “land of 10’000 lakes”. We are all born swimming – most parents view it as a survival skill.

    I Love outdoor swimming, especially in the wild where swimsuits are not necessary.

    Love your post! Thank you for sharing views and thoughts.

  2. mywildlens

    Oh, I can totally relate. I used to swim throughout my childhood. I even have a sea swimming badge (1500m I believe).

    Right now I can’t manage getting to a pool, it is too exhausting, but I am really hoping that I will be able to swim again soon. I’d love to try a spot of wild swimming too, once I am strong enough!

  3. MariaSibylla

    This is lovely! I have recently begun swimming in earnest again, something I haven’t done really since learning as a kid and you are so right that it clears the mind like nothing else. You’ve described it so beautifully and the photo is excellent. I love the sand still clinging to your skin.

  4. Focused and Filthy

    I’d love to take photos of you in water! You’d look great. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the swimming again. It’s a bit crazy but I’m glad you enjoy it 😉
    Missy x

  5. Molly

    I like swimming too but as someone who struggles with the cold it has mostly been something I have not liked unless the weather is HOT.

    I love swimming in the sea though. I wish I loved close enough to be able to do it regularly. Or ideally in a country where it was not freezing

    Molly

  6. Mary Wood

    This text and this beautiful photo leave no doubt that swimming is good for you.

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