Welcome back to Swimming Fearless everybody! This week I’ve got an article on learning to swim at 50! Or frankly 60, 70 or any age that you want for that matter.
Learning to Swim at Age 50:
So, you just turned the big 5 – 0. Surely that means that it’s all down hill from here right? When you turn 50 or for that matter any age, sometimes we like to put a label on how old we’ve just turned.
“Oh shit, I just turned 60, I’m not going to be able to eat bacon anymore unless I want to have a heart attack!”
Or one of any half a dozen other things that may be coming to your mind. Perhaps you even thing that learning to swim at 50 years old is not going to be a possible achievement for you.
And my two cents on the whole idea is that you are absolutely right. If you honestly don’t believe that you’ll be able to learn to swim at your age, you aren’t going to make it happen. Why would you waste your time with anything if you knew it just wasn’t possible?
Older people are stubborn. I never like to put that label on anybody, but I am sorry. As people start to climb the age ladder, they just seem to be so set in their ways and they just want everything to stay the same.
A few select people CHOOSE to change and adapt, even though they’ve turned 50 and beyond. And certainly some people decide that it is totally possible to start learning to swim at age 50.
Hulda Crooks or “Grandma Whitney” is a famous woman who at the tender age of 66 decided that she wanted to start climbing mountains. According to an article in the LA Times, Hulda Crooks made two dozen hikes up Mount Whitney from the ages 66 to 91. Mount Whitney is approximately 15 thousand feet tall which would be considered by the average human, a very tough hike.
In my own life, my mother who was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis at age 20 has been incredibly inspirational to me. My mother, aged 60 currently, attends fitness classes multiple times per week and also works with a personal trainer bi-weekly. She is constantly bothered with aches and pains that must be nothing short of agonizing when you wake up early Saturday morning and don’t want to go to spin class. And yet she is determined to keep her body moving so that she can keep her mobility way into her golden years. What a role model!
How many people do you know under 40 that have completely given in and hit the couch every day when they get home from work? Everybody these days seems to be losing their drive to achieve and become someone greater.
Don’t let this be you!
If you’ve found my stuff, then there’s a part of you that wants to be bigger and greater!
Learning to swim at age 50 is possible.
Rather than that, it’s EASY!
You know what you want, so lets start making it happen!
Checking yourself out with a Doctor is important!
Firstly, let’s make sure that you get checked out with a doctor. If you’ve been complacent with your physical health for the last 20 years, you can hardly jump in the deep end and expect Olympic performance. Make sure that you have no underlying health issues that could get you into trouble moving forward.
Asthma, arthritis, disabilities. These we can work with. Heart disease? Let’s be a lot more cautious.
You and your brand new Cardiovascular Program!
Second, let’s begin building your cardiovascular system!
I have a fantastic article below that you should definitely check out if this is an area that you are struggling with! Here it is:
Time just isn’t there huh…?
Thirdly, if you are having a hard time finding the time to begin building your skills because of your commitments with family, career, or kids, don’t worry we can work around those too.
Procrastination is insidious because you don’t even realize that it is affecting you until six months down the road. One day you wake up and you realize ,” damn, I haven’t even started towards this goal or that goal”. I know hundreds of people who put things off all the time and don’t get into the nitty gritty of things because they have their hands in too many cookie jars.
If you want to begin learning to swim at age, 50 then you need to get it done or die trying. Exaggerating obviously, but there is an element to truth there. If it hasn’t happened yet, YOU are not making it a priority. There’s only one in a million people too busy to not work this into their schedule. And even if they aren’t, it’s because they just couldn’t care less!
How many other things are you trying to do?
What I want you to do is make a list of activities that you do every single day along with the accompanying time that it takes to do each activity.
The typical person’s weekly chore list looks something like this:
- Make food
- Go to the kids soccer games
- Press clothing
- Try to do a few sit-ups to stave off the ever increasing number on the scale
- Completely negate all of that by watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones
- Try to sleep on time
- Do it all over again
- AND CONSTANTLY DABBLE WITH 2-3 HOBBIES WHILE ACHIEVING NOTHING IN THEM
If you are like these people, the TV can be cut out. The dabbling with video games, browsing Reddit, can all be shut out. Why do we need this stuff? It’s because we want to feel comfortable and relaxed. We don’t want to throw all of our free time away on something that could be good for us. Here’s a look at my list for a typical day of mine:
- Make Breakfast (0.5 hrs)
- Go to Work (0.5 hrs)
- Work (9 hrs)
- Come home from work (0.5 hrs)
- Workout (1 hr)
- Make lunch and dinner (1.5 hrs)
- Socialize/ Read/ Cleaning/ Wasted Time(2 hrs)
- Work on my Blog (1 hr)
- Meditate (0.5 hrs)
- Sleep (7.5 hrs)
That is time management. I have time here and there that is absolutely wasted. Because I am not a perfect human and neither is anybody.
So create your list and find that spot where you can practice your swimming! You only need 1 measly hour of time PER WEEK to start learning to swim at age 50.
Leave a comment in the spot below and I will get back to you as soon as possible!
Till next week gang!