Swimming Happy is about those little things that you can’t help but notice, those small differences between your life and someone else’s. What I find to be the most useful is to read stories about other people’s experiences. It may seem like silly brag, but if I can find something positive in other peoples’ lives, then that makes my life a little bit better. I’ll share a few of my favorites here.
The Good News: It’s easier to look good than it is to look great. I know that sounds trite, but it’s true. And I know how easy it is to get out of shape.
I’m able to do a lot of things that make me look bad, but I’ve learned how to look like I’m doing so. I’ve written about dieting, and while it seems like a huge task, when you learn what foods are really healthy and what you can eat instead of those things, it’s much easier. I did everything I could to lose weight the natural way, and I’m very happy with the results.
The Bad News: There are many people out there who want to get you to swim laps in the pool. You need to pick your lessons carefully, and make sure they know what you need. In fact, swimming is a skill, and if you’re not a good swimmer, then you can’t ever be a good swim coach.
I’ve had the opportunity to go swimming on a regular basis, but it wasn’t always pleasant. I couldn’t turn to anyone and say that I wasn’t feeling stressed. But, the thing is, that doesn’t have to happen.
I try to take swimming as a stress reliever, but the only thing that I’m really good at is explaining myself to others, and that’s why I coach. I used to think that working with someone else was just getting in the way of swimming, but I’ve come to realize that it actually makes the job more enjoyable, and I do it because I enjoy the lessons.
The rest of the time, I’m making myself miserable by swimming every half hour, because I don’t like doing it, and I don’t want to keep doing it. You really do have to do it on a regular basis. If you set aside 15 minutes a day to get out there, and you do all the correct things, then you will eventually find that you love it.
The Surprising News: I think that it’s a skill, like any other, and while that doesn’t sound like much, it does mean that you can learn it over time. One of the best ways to do that is to take a few classes a week.
When I first took swimming lessons, it was just the water, and after a few weeks, I was finally able to find someone who could teach me to swim up a flight of stairs. It was very satisfying, and I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. But, when it came time to take the class again, I learned that I didn’t want to just do it one more time.
I’ve learned that there are ways to relax and improve my swimming. And, the more I practice, the better I feel. Now, I feel better than I’ve ever felt before.
The Bad News: Even though I’d like to believe that I’m a good swimmer, I know that not everyone is. I just haven’t experienced as much pressure to be good as some of the other kids, which might make me the most unproductive athlete. In fact, I’ve developed an entirely new skill set, and I love it. I also know that it’s never too late to learn. This last article has shown you how I’ve been able to successfully adapt to swimming, and I hope it’s opened your eyes to the opportunities that are available to you. Just because you aren’t perfect doesn’t mean that you can’t learn anything, and it doesn’t matter if you can’t swim right away.