Taking a dip in the pool or a great body of water like the ocean can have massive therapeutic benefits you may not have considered. Swimming, either leisurely or for sport, has great long term health benefits for the body and mental health as well. Try these tips for getting into the pool and finding that relaxation you deserve.
Swimming Can Decrease Your Stress and Improve Overall Health
Local fitness centers sometimes offer water aerobic classes or swim lessons. If that is not your gig, you can just take a dip into the pool at your leisure and swim to your heart’s content. This is a great way to meet other people and also relax.
Find a spot you like to go and take a dip into the water. There are many benefits to swimming in the ocean. Mentally it is a great way to exercise meditation and calm. Physically you can benefit by swimming where the ocean currents can provide some resistance, but you may also try other sports such as windsurfing, surfing, body boarding, paddle boarding or other ways to get on the water if swimming is not your thing. Spiritually it can help ground and connect you to a higher power to realize how wide and vast the ocean spans which can bring new dimensions to your recovery. Swimming can also have other benefits including:
- Weight management
- Boost mood
- Strengthen muscles and bones
- Lowers disease risks for high cholesterol and other factors
If you like to swim solo, find a place you feel comfortable to get started. If being part of a group is your thing, get some friends or sober buddies and go hang out at the beach, play some sports or take a class together. Finding ways to integrate sober activities that rebuild your strength and health will help you feel better in the long run.
Oceanfront is a place to explore your recovery, whatever that looks like for you. We offer some innovative programs in a beautiful location in California designed to bring you serenity and peace of mind as you enter recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you rebuild your life, one step at a time: 877-279-1777.