Learning to swim as an adult over 30
Learning to swim as an adult has been one of my greatest accomplishments. At that time my son was 3 years old and was enrolled in swim lessons. Well, as his mom there was no way I was going to ever let him go into a pool if I wasn’t able to go in if he needed help.
So I signed up for private lessons at a local college with a student on the swim team. I was so scared! The fear of drowning overwhelmed me! Thoughts of dunking my head under the water sent fear through my body! I was so nervous about so many things that could go wrong!
BUT I didn’t turn back. I kept going and never missed a lesson. I have to admit many days I spend most of the time holding the pool wall and blowing bubbling in the water. You’d think standing 5’6″ and the pool water at 4ft that I’d relax since I could just stand up, NOPE. I would still panic at times.
During my time learning to swim I cried, laughed, and got frustrated. It wasn’t easy for me. Its’ like my body and mind were fighting against each other.
Then it suddenly came together!
I had been in lessons for a really long time, much longer than my son and the other kids. The adults that had enrolled in lessons had all quit, none of them finished their lessons or learned to swim. One day I stopped to evaluate the cost and time I’d invested in these weekly sessions. It was more than expected. What had been taking me so long? My instructor had taught me what I had to do to swim. I knew the movements and the breathing techniques. I just needed to do it.
That day I was determined to swim. I was not leaving until I could swim the length of the pool without stopping. And guess what? On that day that is exactly what I did. My biggest obstacle was my mindset. I was letting fear hold me back. Once I decided fear was no longer an option, everything became easier. I got stronger and my endurance grew.
Now I enjoy the opportunity to swim laps whenever I can. Honestly, I believe swimming is one of the best workouts you can do. It was a great motivator for me to take my fitness to a higher level.
Learning to swim as an adult over 30 was a challenge
BUT it can be done. I did it and lived to write about it here years later. So if you are thinking about learning to swim as part of your fitness goals, I encourage you to go for it. If I can do it, I know you can too!
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