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5 WAYS TO FINISH THE YEAR OFF RIGHT

After a year that has been challenging for everyone, it's natural to want to give it the best possible ending, and a great way to do it is to enjoy swimming in open water, sports, and nature.

After a year that has been challenging for everyone, it's natural to want to give it the best possible ending, and a great way to do it is to enjoy swimming in open water, sports, and nature. 

SWIM ON CHRISTMAS DAY

For many, a Christmas swim has become an annual tradition, an appointment with the sea that can't be missed. Some consider it a form of purification, a way to cleanse the body and mind, to leave the bad behind, and to start the new year from scratch. But whether you are swimming a short distance or simply taking a dip, swimming in open water will certainly help you clear your head, see things more clearly, and, if possible, feel more confident as you face your next chapter. 

DISCOVER NEW PLACES TO SWIM

We all have a place in mind where we can’t wait to go swimming, that we would love to check off our list, but we never seem to be able to because we're caught up in our daily routines. Well, this is the perfect time of year to explore and discover those new special spots for enjoying the open water. Connecting with nature and yourself while practicing your favorite sport is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to end the year.

 

SWIM WITH A GROUP

Open water swimming is a sport that creates community and connection between people. As friends of the organization Open Minds Active, say, open water swimming "creates opportunities to bond and connect with others through a shared experience. The impact can be incredibly powerful and have long-lasting benefits." For this reason, swimming in a group, with someone new, or even introducing someone who has never tried this activity to the sport you are so passionate about, can be a very positive way to end the year. 

LIST YOUR GOALS

Setting a series of goals and planning how you want to achieve them is always motivating. This could be a list of competitions you want to participate in, maybe a specific challenge, or you could just keep in mind new places where you would like to swim in open water. Whatever your goals, having them clearly defined will keep you motivated and encourage you to start the new year with the right energy. 

TRY OUT NEW EQUIPMENT

Swimming at this time of year, at low temperatures, is always a challenge and an adventure, so all these activities could be difficult if you do not have the proper equipment. That's why this is the perfect time to debut that wetsuit, or those accessories, that you may have gotten for Christmas, which allow you to enjoy the ocean even in winter. And sometimes, the act of using new equipment can provide a little motivation for you to train, to prepare for a personal challenge, or simply to jump into the sea and enjoy the cold water.

Whatever the time of year, it's clear that swimming in open water, diving into the sea and enjoying the adventure, the connection with nature and a community of swimmers, is always beneficial and undoubtedly the best end or start to any day.

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