Categories

11 Reasons Why You Should Be Swimming Right Now

Look, it’s midsummer. The appeal of the heat, if not completely gone, has at least dissipated. Your kids are becoming susceptible to “Sunday Dread” as the back-to-school countdown approaches, making everyone cranky. How do you combat this? What’s the one summer activity that has the power to relax and restore you and your family? Swimming. Even the word is refreshing, crisp and clarifying.

Submerging yourself under water has major restorative power. Just being near the water is calming and a proven stress reliever (great for those of us who have visions of the apocalypse when temperatures rise over 86 degrees). Clearly John the Baptist knew what he was doing when he gave people a good dunk.

Monica Berg, founder of Raising Malawi, writes about the benefits of swimming for GOOP: “Is it possible that something as simple as water can wash away our fears, worries and doubts, and give us a sense of renewal and certainty?” In a word: yes. “Finding Nemo’s” own Dori, in one of her rare moments of clarity, said it best, “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!”

So there you go, swimming: the one thing John the Baptist, Gwyneth Paltrow and Dori all have in common. Have I convinced you yet? If not, here’s eleven more reasons to go jump in a lake:

  • Beat The Heat 1 of 11
    SWIM1

    Duh. You'll cool off. Not just the ‘quick shower' kind of cooling off. You'll feel cooler for a couple of hours after if you spend a while in water.

     

    ***All photos courtesy of Morguefile***

  • Loose As A Goose 2 of 11
    SWIM2

    Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats that loose-limbed feeling you get after a few laps. Or even just splashing, playing or floating. (OK, maybe you can get this feeling from a dirty martini, but you don't get a hangover from swimming.)

  • Kids Can Skip The Bath That Night 3 of 11
    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    Self explanatory.

  • Life Skills 4 of 11
    SWIM4

    Safety first. And safety dictates that everyone should know how to swim.

  • Ohhmmmmmmm Ommmmm 5 of 11
    SWIM5

    Water is calming. There's a reason real estate with water views is exorbitantly priced. Water soothes the nerves just as well as those martinis!

  • Go The F@&^@$ To Sleep 6 of 11
    SWIM6

    Not only can they skip the bath, they'll pass out right after you feed them dinner. Hurrah!

  • Take A Load Off 7 of 11
    SWIM7

    The feeling of weightlessness is pure joy. Both for kids who love the lack of gravity, as well as parents who may have back, shoulder or knee pain from carrying, chasing or stooping to dress said kids.

  • Get Back To Where You Once Belonged 8 of 11
    SWIM8

    Floating in water reminds us all of being in the womb, the ultimate safe place.

  • The Sounds of Silence 9 of 11
    SWIM9

    Although the kids probably won't do this when they're having fun swimming, any screaming, yelling, fighting or whining is wonderfully muffled when you are underwater.

  • Burn, Baby Burn 10 of 11
    SWIM10

    30 minutes of swimming can burn around 372 calories, writes Laura Schocker, the Healthy Living senior editor at The Huffington Post. Which makes you happier about getting into that swimsuit anyway.  

  • It’s FUN 11 of 11
    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    One of the few times you can feel like a kid again, even with the kids around. Jump in!

Tagged as: , , , , ,

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.