As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, it's natural to start suffering from post-summer blues. Sure, in Autumn there are things to look forward to like "layering" and pumpkin spiced lattes but if you're anything like me, you'll be hiding from the coming chill with copious amounts of Netflix and dill (chips that is).
So what's the best way to combat seasonal depression without going into full-on hibernation mode and adding layers of holiday trimmings to your waistline?
Swimming. Yup, I said swimming.
Now I know you're probably thinking "But don't you swim in the summer?" And yes, you're mostly right. However, learning how to swim or improving your swimming is an activity that's best done in the Fall and here's why:
1. Wet Hair, Don't Care
Many people say you shouldn't swim when it's cold outside because mixing wet hair with cold air will get you sick. And to that I say hair dryer! — problem solved. Seriously, most pools have them or you can opt to bring a small travel one if you really don't like sharing. On the topic of temperature, believe it or not, pools are actually the same temperature year round. It's the change in humidity that makes you feel colder than usual. Once you get going on a swim, you should have no problem burning calories and working up a sweat. Or, if you're still working on the basics, then a hot tub session after your swim is a great way to tempt you back into the pool on a regular basis. 💆🏻
2. We Talkin' Bout Practice
Learning how to swim in a controlled environment like a heated pool is one thing but building the confidence to be comfortable in the water anywhere; that's the real goal. So maybe you've spent the time to learn the fundamentals with a teacher watching you during lessons. How much do you think you'll retain 7 weeks later when it's just you and the deep blue? There's only one way to find out! When it comes to swimming, practice makes perfect. Next summer, are you going to be the rusty one who is still tiptoeing in the water or will you be the first to dive in?
3. But are you even sweating?
Swim workouts can be high intensity yet low impact. In fact, it's one of the best cardiovascular workouts you can get. In addition to that, joints and bones are known to be a little more achey and sore when it’s colder out so this is a great way to stay active, rehab injuries and get in a good workout while working towards an essential life skill. Even one day a week of swimming is another day of calorie burn. Helloooo beach body!
4. Snorkel is coming.
Sometimes the best way to conquer a bout of winter depression is to escape to a tropical paradise filled with turquoise waters and sandy beaches. With last minute flight deals to sunny destinations popping up all the time, consider getting your swimming lessons in now before you take the plunge snorkelling in Hawaii or exploring cenotes in Mexico - the world is your oyster (last pun, I swear).
5. Never too late to learn something new
This one is for all you grown ups: Kids go back to school every Fall but how often do adults take it upon themselves to learn something new? Forget crocheting or pottery lessons, why not challenge yourself to conquer an essential life skill that you'll use on every vacation for the rest of your life? If you're an absolute beginner, take the first step and book a lesson. If you're rusty and need some practice, just grab a friend and set a date. When summer comes, both they and the beach baes, will thank you. 😉
Now close your eyes and imagine this: The days are getting warmer, summer is upon you, and your friends drop the beach invite in your group chat. Who's smiling when you type, "In. 🙋🏻"? You are.
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