The cold-weather months can be daunting for exercise enthusiasts. Cold temperatures and long days deter motivation to move and increase fatigue. As someone who enjoys athletics, I struggle with striking a balance when the temperatures drop. I recently rediscovered the ideal remedy: swimming.
I first learned to swim when I was around 9 years old. My mother took me to the YMCA along with my brothers and sister. We progressed from the “little pool” to the “big pool” and loved every moment. On family vacations, I would personally challenge myself to swim hundreds of laps in the hotel pool or countless minutes in the ocean. I loved the water.
As a teenager, I became a lifeguard. Lifeguarding was my first “steady” job and I thrived. I took additional trainings, becoming a water safety instructor and lifeguard trainer. In those jobs, I taught hundreds of children and adults how to float on their backs, make “a save,” and perform CPR. Being soaking wet for most of college (as an employee of Rutgers Aquatics) barely bothered me. I was in the water and working with people, so I was happy.
As a practicing attorney, I forgot about how integral swimming had been to my development. Then, one day in the winter, the sidewalks were icy and I realized that a run outside was not a good idea. I remembered that my colleague recommended a gym near our law firm because of its nice facilities (including a pool). I grabbed my bathing suit and headed to the gym to try it out.
The swim was amazing – and it wasn’t because of the style of the pool. Swimming back and forth in the calm of morning while the world was frozen outside brought me peace. I joined the gym that day without hesitation. I had found my antidote to the cold weather blues: swimming laps. I couldn’t believe that I let so many years pass without realizing it – as it had been such a key part of my life for years. Now, on cold days, you can find me at the pool, swimming and again enjoying the water.
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