A simple gift can change a life!
LINDA'S STORY: In January, 2012, I was given the “Gift of Health” from an old friend for a 3 month membership at the Y. I had said how much I missed swimming and would choose swimming laps as my mode of exercise, if I could.
As an incentive, he gave me a gift card for the Y. I was thrilled but intimidated at the same time. I had literally not been in a pool for more than 30 years, and then, only for a short swim. I was 64, far out of condition and feeling beaten down by life.
I finally got up the nerve to come into the Y in February and get signed up. Two weeks after that, I finally worked up enough confidence to actually come in for a swim. I thought I could just pick up where I left off (in high school, I did some racing and a lot of water ballet) but after two laps of freestyle, I almost collapsed. I have COPD and didn’t give a thought to how that would affect me. I couldn’t get my breath and felt like a fool when I couldn’t even get out of the pool without a ladder, after trying to “jump up and out.”
It was another two weeks before I convinced myself I had to try again, feeling obligated to my friend for his belief in me. I now swim 32 laps in 30 minutes, 3 times a week, and feel great afterwards. I concentrated on breathing correctly, and slowed down, using my favorite strokes instead of freestyle. I have already lost about a size, just from swimming, without dieting. And most of all, I feel positive for the first time in “ages”.
I thank God everyday for my friend who challenged me to get back to swimming.
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