For the last two weeks, I have added three days a week of swimming to my routine. During the daytime. So for three days a week, I ditch out on work on my lunch hour and go swim for thirty to forty five minutes. I started doing that for two reasons. One, I had an hour to kill at lunch time. Two, I've been working on a supplemental trainer that can be added to existing training. For the second reason, I can't exactly write an etrainer without doing the work.
Before I begin, I'm not a professional swimmer. But I love swimming. Always have. Growing up in Florida, we had the Gulf to swim in. Granted, parts of it were dirty and then there was always the creepy looking wild life. Oh and don't forget the bullsharks. When I was little, my mom's friend threw me into Lake Michigan and was like "Ok, time to teach you how to swim." For those of you who have been in Lake Michigan, I know you feel my pain. The warmest is 72 degrees. And when you get in, it feels like 50. The undertow is ridiculous. And drownings do happen on a fairly regular basis. But the best times of my life were in that lake.
When I'm in the water, it's just me. I don't pay attention to the other swimmers. Not much at least, there is a Henry Cavill lookalike that swims there. Like Superman Henry Cavill. Most people are in there for 15 minutes at a time. Including Henry II.
Please note that the link is not Henry's workout for Superman. He spent a lot of time in the gym, eating clean and eating a lot of food.**
The point is, I'm not distracted in the pool. I'm focused on my swim. Each day I brought something different to the pool. If you haven't added swimming to your current routine, I highly recommend it. And if you can get away with doing it on your lunch hour, even better.
One of the other things I've added to my routine is meditation.
Between five to ten minutes a day. Nothing on, just sitting and breathing steadily on the floor of my room. The first time I ever did meditation was about six years ago. I felt better, refreshed. This time around, it's helped me remain focused on my training. Focused on my work.
The last two weeks I've been just sitting there peacefully, well trying, and breathing. Someone mentioned to me once to try guided meditation. When I looked it up so many years later, yeah this was years ago, I found this link. Going to give it a try tonight.
We all live busy lives. Between work, family, training, or other activities. Our lives are hectic. We don't take afternoon siesta's like the Spanish. We are literally working from the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed. I'm definitely happy to have added swimming and meditation to my life. Since then my stress levels have gone down significantly.
What ways do you relieve stress?
Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this October when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!
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