In June we took a small 2 day retreat at our local lake. I was very focused on swimming in cold sea water. I had been watching videos of the Europeans in Denmark who regularly swim in the sea all winter. It is fascinating. The European name for it is Vinterbadning.
Winter swimming is the activity of swimming during the winter season, typically in outdoor locations or in unheated pools or lidos. In colder countries, it may be synonymous with ice swimming, when the water is frozen over. This requires either breaking the ice or entering where a spring prevents the formation of ice.Wikipedia
I love that I can swim. I also needed a challenge after a winter of pandemic life. This water was extremely cold. This lake is a fresh water lake. It’s the Duck Mountain Provincial Park in Eastern Saskatchewan. The lake itself is called Madge Lake. It is a very large and deep lake, so it does not really get warm until mid July. I felt fabulous after I got out of the water. I vinterbaded 2 mornings in a row in June. I have read that many seniors enjoy the increase in circulation when they regularly winter swim.
My focus is to do this again in the spring 2022.
WHERE THE FOCUS GOES THE ENERGY FLOWS.
My focus goes to my body and my brain. I want both to be healthy. My mom had a struggle with dementia but she would have swam along beside me on this adventure. Her exercising in her very senior years kept her dementia at a moderate level, along with her meds. When I exercise the blood goes to the brain and signals my body to be a part of the activity.
This is the thing with my mother and I. We tended to challenge each other at times with our appearance, fashion and definitely exercise. It was a good thing!
….where the focus goes the energy flows….is my quote for the new year coming up!