Friday morning in North East of Scotland was cold; “Baltic” as we’d describe it. Having braved the conditions to get to the swimming pool I was greeted by a large “Information” board. Apparently there had been a problem with the heating at the pool, and the water temperature had been up to 34 degrees C…
“Don’t pay your entrance fee if you think the temperature will be too warm!”
…was the message.
I thought nothing of it and headed in to the changing room to get ready. As usual, I was in the pool just before 7 am and started my swim. Also as usual, just after 7.30 am the swimming club members started to leave and a number of “Silver Swimmers” (presumably retired members of a slightly older generation) entered to begin their slightly more relaxed session.
“Lovely and warm isn’t it!”
To be fair, the pool was indeed lovely and warm. In comparison with the temperature outside I think anything would have felt warm. However, the Colonel’s comment, together with the satisfied look he had on his face got me thinking… what if the “Silver Swimmers” were also “Silver Surfers”?
Perhaps they had hacked into the Aberdeenshire Council computer systems and updated the temperature settings to create a warm haven, thereby saving money on the heating bill at home. The Colonel was definitely on the inside and, recognising me as friend rather than foe, decided to share his delight! You certainly shouldn’t judge a book by its cover!
One of the reasons I was keen to get into swimming was that it’s exercise you can do for life. It’s a low impact, cardiovascular workout that is great for mobility and fitness, which all bring additional health benefits.
My interaction with the Colonel reminded me of some of the peripheral benefits of swimming too… access to warmth (the whole building tends to be warm, not just the pool), access to a hot shower (the best bit about a visit to the pool according to the Colonel) and, social interaction (the Colonel certainly wasn’t operating alone!).
The other thing is, it’s never too late to start. So, no excuses really.
Whether it’s to get out of the cold or to get yourself fit, swimming has to be the way forward. Just watch out for the organised crime!