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I was just watching a segment on Fox News about the great Olympian of all time, USA star, Michael Phelps.  Apparently, when Michael was a youngster, he struggled with ADHD in a big way, and his first swimming teacher recalls him being “benched” by lifeguards on a pretty regular basis.  🙂  He hated taking the medication for it, so he was able to channel that energy and struggle into the pool.  Having a weakness made him a tremendous athlete, and I have to say this is one of the best success stories I’ve ever heard.

Did his ADHD go away?  No, but his focus keeps it under control.  I can understand that, because as a swimmer myself, I have found that being in the pool on a regular basis really helps me defeat depression.

What helps you?

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I’ve gotten back in the habit of swimming every day.  About five years ago, I lost 40 pounds doing just that.  I’m trying to lose weight, but for me it’s a relaxation thing.  The cool water, the silence when you go beneath the surface… it’s the only exercise where you can get hot and tired and you won’t feel the sweat.  To me, it’s home.

When I’m in the water, I don’t want to get out.  When I miss a day of swimming, I feel like I’m missing out.

Today I did laps for 40 minutes, which should help me sleep well.  Exercise is important with BP.  The endorphins are like ninjas whooping it’s butt.

Can’t wait to jump in tomorrow…

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