For me as a former competitive swimmer, swimming always was and still is the best work out. I also discovered that being immersed in water is one of the best ways to relieve stress and tension. Whatever bad happened with you during the day, the fresh, clean, aqua blue water will wash your worries away. Swimming in the ocean is a special treat for me. Swimming in an enormous expanse of ocean water and struggling with waves require from me a lot of coordination and effort, concentration on swim strokes, attention to movement and focus on breathing.
This effort to stay afloat gives your mind a much-needed break from anxiety and destructive thoughts. Swimming is great in the long term for stress release because it helps to increase our lung capacity which enables you to take deeper breaths and be more relax. Exercise doesn\’t have to be a rigorous program with time trials, it can be relaxing and fun.