I love water.
It's warm. It's cold. It's liquid. You can freeze it, boil it, or turn it into a gas. Is it any water that water is the element associated with change and power? It's really incredible stuff. It can save your life if you fall 100 feet, given that even a teaspoon of the stuff can kill you. And when it comes to fitness and staying healthy, it's about the only option that some people have. That's been my story. After two leg surgeries and other complications, staying fit on land is a chore. Thank the workout gods that we have water as a substitute!
This was my second home in High School - three hours a day, swimming laps until 5 PM. Doing that every day for four years straight had a huge hand in conditioning and toning my bod. I was also the only one in the team who could swim the whole 50 yards underwater without taking a breath. Those were the good days when I had free access to a pool and all the time in the world. Now? Not so much.
Public pools are scarce in Utah (more so during the winter months). Regular membership to use them ranges in the hundreds of dollars. They are sooooo in demand that it's difficult to get a decent workout. After almost two years of no lap time (shortly after joining this club), I thought I'd give it a try ... and I arrived just in time for the local swim team to take the lanes out. Thankfully, I met a guy who told me the best times to come, which will give me more for my buck.
What else is amazing about water? Unless I can one day afford an "edge of space" flight, water is the closest thing to zero gravity I'll ever experience. With the right amount of air, I can float, suspended, under the deep end. It's a liberating sensation, free from the stresses of gravity. Water is a huge part of us. We are mostly made of water, after all. This is why swimming is my preferred workout method.
What is your preferred workout? Why do you like it? How important is water to you?
I'm David, and don't be THAT guy at the pool ...