Summer is here and it is HOT! Simply stepping outside for a few seconds can produce a sweat. When the temperatures and humidity levels are this high, getting in an outdoor workout takes on a whole new level. Lucky for us, we live on an island surrounded by water. What a better way to train in the summer months than by taking a dip in the Ocean to cool off!
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise. Whether you choose to swim as your sole form of strength and cardio training or as an addition to your regular workout program, the benefits of swimming are through the roof.
This sport is low impact, meaning it’s easy on your joints, so almost anyone can partake and it’s an excellent choice for when recovering from an injury. Swimming dramatically increases your endurance capacity. Regular swimming will also increase your body’s ability to take in and use oxygen, lower your resting heart rate, and strengthen your glutes, hamstrings, shoulders, back and core muscles.
Add to that the health benefits of immersing yourself in sea water; boosts immunity, detoxes the skin, and clears the sinuses, (more on this in an upcoming feature) and you’ve got a winning combination for staying fit in the summer and throughout the year.
A few words of caution before taking a dip in the sea:
Always remember to wear reef-safe and biodegradable sun block or cover up with UV protecting clothing. Perhaps consider going out in the early morning or evening when the sun is not directly overhead and in full force.
Take a floating dive flag on a line to tow behind you to make sure that any boat traffic in the area will see you in the water. (Also your mask for viewing sea life!)
Use the buddy system and have a friend join you for a swim or at least let someone on shore know you’re out and when you expect to be back. Take advantage of “no wake” and “no motor” zones for added peace and safety on the water.
Here are several public areas where you can go for a swim:
Rowells Waterfront Park 104550 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Pennekamp State Park 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037 (or take a boat trip out to one of our fabulous coral reefs for a snorkel!)
Harry Harris Park 50 E Beach Rd, Tavernier, FL 33070
Paddle 88 Beach 88000 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
Founders Park Beach 87000 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
Anne’s Beach Mile Marker 73.5. Islamorada, FL 33036
If swimming in the Ocean is not your favorite idea, you can swim laps or join the Maters’ program at one of two incredible Olympic swimming facilities that the Upper Keys have to offer.
Jacobs Aquatic Center 320 Laguna Ave, Key Largo, FL 33037
Founders Park Pool 87000 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
Feature written by Seychelle-Ocean Child, Professional Standup Paddleboarder, SUP Yogi, Adventurer
I was born and raised in the Florida Keys and have always had a deep connection to the water. I am an internationally competitive SUP racer and current long distance World Record holder in SUP. I began teaching Yoga on standup paddleboards in 2013. With my extensive knowledge of the sport of SUP and 13 years studying Yoga, I have developed a unique curriculum for teaching safe and FUN yoga classes on the water. I also lead SUP Fitness and Private SUP coaching lessons for beginner to advanced paddlers, as well as lead SUP Yoga teacher trainings. My classes on and off the board are a blend of the diverse styles I have practiced and a journey to cultivate strength, energy, balance, and bliss within our bodies.
I am passionate about life, fitness, nutrition, love, and being happy. I believe that anything is possible. My mantra is “Breathe and Smile”
It is my life’s dream to share this adventure with you.
Blessings and Gratitude,
Feature Home Page photo provided by Swimming World Magazine showing the yearly Alligator Reef 8 mile open water swim when over 300 athletes take to the open waters.