Stay fit: Dive in for good health

Swimming is a terrific way to tone the body and get in shape with very little stress on the joints. This makes it the perfect exercise for any age; all you need is a swimsuit and to find a suitable time at the pool. However, sometimes the prospect of getting in the pool, especially if you consider yourself less than accomplished, can be daunting. The following is my response to a question on how to start on a major weight loss target, and highlights my main mantra, which is, “keep on showing up”. Let me take your points one by one. The first one about not swimming too well. That means you do swim a bit, and a bit is all you need to get this thing rolling. Never push it past where it’s fun, and don’t put pressure on yourself, just wait, keep showing up at that pool and doing what you can, and soon what you can be quite a bit. It’s the keeping on that’s the trick. Forget the “burn”, who needs to be in discomfort all the time? Just keep on “doing what you can” and the consistency will win the day. It’s like water on stone, the outcome is never in doubt, and the little drip will go right through that stone.

As for your second point “how do I even get started”, well you have started, you know an exercise you can do and improve on, and you need to focus on the first 5lbs not the rest.

If you look at too big a task, you’ll say, “oh forget it, it’s too tough to lose 96 lbs.” How about 5 lbs to start? So take it in little pieces, do not fret, as that would be the loss of energy. Let’s do what we can, set a “do-able” target and go for it. But don’t tell yourself it’s the only the first or whatever, it is the only target! — Agencies