So, the next one of my summer activities series is swimming! We love swimming in our house and go all year round… but swimming in summer is so much more refreshing, isn’t it! Particularly if you swim outdoors – whether it’s in a lido (there are still a few left in the UK!), a garden pool or in open water!
Swimming is a reasonably priced activity and is such great exercise – it’s so gentle on your joints that most people can enjoy being in the water in some way… And, for me, learning to swim confidently is an important life skill. Freya has had swimming lessons pretty much from the moment she could walk… she now trains 6 times a week and is a vastly better swimmer than me!
And the reason I love swimming in summer is because I love to swim outdoors even more than I love swimming in an indoor pool. I think that’s at least in part because I’m not keen on the smell of chlorine (and lets face it, who is??) and I find that it gets on my chest (I have asthma).
I should say at this point that both Freya and I are strong swimmers and are happy to swim in open water, but if you are not, make sure you stick to outdoor pools or do an organised open water training session/event to see whether you like it (it’s not for everyone). Also, bear in mind, that in the UK at least, you will need a wetsuit to do open water swimming for most of the year!
I have always loved water and want everyone else to enjoy it as much as I do (and to enjoy it safely!)… although I know many people (including my own mum sadly!) don’t like being in the water at all!
Do you like swimming? If so, where’s your favourite place to swim and why?