|Feel the calm water|
Here is a bit more incentive for you to get you to your local swimming pool.
Swimming as a whole is one of the healthiest sports out there. What it means is that whether you swim for recreational purposes or train for competition, your body is subdued to a lot smaller amount of stress than in any exercise on dry land. Thus in turn, reducing the chance of an injury. Don’t take me wrong, there are injuries from swimming, but they are a lot less frequent than in other sports and usually due to a bad swimming technique which of course you do not have since you are reading this blog.
During swimming, your body is lifted up through its buoyancy, so the gravitational force feels much weaker than on land, so your muscles are loosened up more than they would be outside of the water. When you swim your spine is more relaxed than when you walk. In addition to that, your joints of upper and lower limbs are not overloaded as in running for example. This is also why swimming is frequently used and recommended for rehabilitation purposes. Furthermore, swimming can be also relaxing for the mind where the water acts as a therapeutic element.
During your regular work day, it is recommended to lay down for a few minutes on the ground to let your spine re-align and relax the supporting muscles. There are many programs that teach you the right way to move and relax, for example the Alexander Technique, however, I'd say, why not just jump into your local pool and get the most out of both worlds, wonderful body and mind relaxation in one package. And as a positive side effect, you will also increase your stamina and core body strength and learn or improve a life saving skill, swimming.
I think if everyone would experience swimming as I have described it above, the swimming pools would be always overflowing and everyone would be very well verse in swimming:). Reality is a bit more complicated though. If you think that you cannot feel that way, you probably just need some help with your swimming stroke. If you are having trouble relaxing your body in the water, the proper body position lesson should get you started.