字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 For me when I'm standing at the edge of the lake and waiting to go in I'm thinking, 'What am I doing?' and there are many swear words going through my head. I can often find myself staring at the water I think doing something like outdoor swimming which is something that many people will think is mad. It has a way of empowering you. Doing something outside. In the cold weather. It makes you feel brave and I think there's something really empowering about doing something for yourself. So when I first started to get into outdoor swimming I was definitely nervous. There was a lot of self doubt. Would I be fast enough? Would I be brave enough? Would I be able to get in? How long could I stay in for? and that actually took me a while to get over before I stopped thinking of the excuses and actually got on with it. It was just crossing that initial barrier of doubt and once I did It's fair to say that I fell deeply in love with outdoor swimming. When you're in the water your body is weightless I'm not worrying about anything. I'm not thinking about anything. I'm just there in the enjoying that moment right then The thing that I enjoy the most about outdoor swimming is definitely being outside in nature doing an activity that has a way of reducing the scale of any problems that you may have. The health benefits for me are mainly mental I work in a job that can be highly emotionally demanding and I find that outdoor swimming has a way of reducing any stress that I may have and I'm able to leave work at the door and get a better work / life balance. The open water community is fun and vibrant and it's fair to say that I've definitely found my tribe It's diverse there's people of all ages, all different shapes and sizes, all different races, and all different outlooks on life. Outdoor swimming has a place for everybody. It's effortless to say though that although there can be some days where it's tough to get in the water, the easy days definitely out weigh the tougher ones and the majority of the time I'm excited I'm ready for it and I just want to get in. One of things that I think I love the most about outdoor swimming is that you don't need loads of equipment. You just need yourself, you need a towel, you need a costume and some good friends to have a giggle with. A bit of cake never goes a miss either. It really is free and you just need to get yourself to some water and get in!