Swimming at night, Exercise Resistance & Commitment

Stand of trees dressed for Autumn

November arrives and we lose an hour somewhere.

What’s it like to swim in the dark?  In an outdoor pool?  In cool weather?  Amidst floodlights?  Alone? Imagining  writers using the setting for thriller mysteries?

Chase the creepy imaginings away, feel the warm water like silk over your skin, and it’s wonderful.  The sense of accomplishment and the hot tub, aahhh,  rewards.

My swimming hole is a twenty-five minutes away, not because of the distance, but because the road winds through picturesque small acreages, ending on a spit jutting out between two ocean bays.  During the slow twilight drive amidst trees of blended gold, red and green, a pervasive peace pushes time pressures aside.

No, that's not me. The guy wasn't there either.

Back home, when swim day arrives again, self-talk is required. So lovely, why would I resist? Time pressures, yes, but memories can hitch on the negative. The wet walk from the locker shower, shivering  through the open area, feeling the cool autumn breeze adding a chill.  I switch the memory to the positive … like after the first half lap when I feel warmth again … and back to the pool, I go.  Maybe.

Readers, do you have an exercise program? Does it improve your lives?  Mood?  Health?  Is it difficult to stick to the plan? Please share your experience in a comment.

Not related to the topic, if you would like  wee Celtic music break, enjoy the video.  Have a great week, my blog friends.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marla
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 13:50:52

    For myself, I have to be committed to a program where I have to pay. I don’t have enough discipline to work out at home. I go to yoga classes at least 4 times a week and play hockey usually once a week in the winter. However, I do enjoy snowshoeing and do so right out of my front door. I like to walk but find I procrastinate about that also :).. The exercise makes me feel great. Helps me mentally as well as physically! I believe it keeps me a little more on the ‘sane’ side!!
    Love your blogs, Aunty!

    love
    Marla

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  2. Laurie Ryan
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 09:57:24

    I love the fall. It means I get to go into hibernation mode and hunker down for the winter. That being said, I also love swimming and am grateful for indoor swimming pools. 🙂

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  3. Diana Murdock
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 23:38:33

    Exercise – It’s what I live for. I run for an hour four days a and lift weights as well. It’s my release as well as my mode of meditation. It is my routine, and without it, both body and mind feel its absence. In a world where nothing is within my control, at least I have my body to sculpt as I please and no one can take that away. Great post, Marion!

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    • Marion Spicher
      Nov 03, 2011 @ 00:02:32

      Thanks for sharing, Diana. And thanks for the tweet. All three of my daughters are physically fit, one finished a Triathlon in Cozumel last year, 2 minutes under the wire … but she did it. She is totally committed and loves the exercise. I know I feel better even after the comparatively little bit I do. Taking it in gradual steps to avoid hurting my joints that have served me well, but are saying, careful, honey!

      Kudos to you for taking charge of your body.

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