It’s aerobic and anaerobic exercise.
Swimming is an all-body workout. It strengthens your muscles, heart, and brain. It’s better than any medicine out there.
Swimming is gentle on the joints. It’s the opposite of running, which is like putting your knees and hips through a meat shredder.
You can’t bring your phone into the water, so it’s a forced disconnect. No checking your phone when stretching or taking a breather.
It’s brain yoga. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the water that keeps your lizard brain firing. Will a shark eat you? Is the swell or current knocking you off track? Is that a fish or a turtle? A dynamic environment keeps you in the moment and gets you out of future thinking or past thinking.
Swimming in cold water requires more energy from your body to keep you warm and regulate temperature. That’s a workout in itself.
You will meet like-minded people and build a community over time. That’s good for your mental state mind.
Living close to the ocean is good for your health and longevity.
After the swim, you get to have a hot cup of tea and warm up.