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What is water? Some people say we can’t live without it. We need it for our survival. For me, the pool is my home, the water is my best friend, hard work is my passion, and swimming is my life.

An outsider to the sport would call us insane for staring at a black line for hours on end, but really it’s much more than that. Swimming is a recommendable sport in practical aspects.

First of all, swimming is not only a sport, it’s also a guarantee of people’s survival. Second of all, swimming is an effective exercise to lose weight if you can control the amount of food you eat.

In addition, swimming can make you stay healthy. Because you hold your breath repeatedly, your lung and heart will get stronger and healthier. Swimming uses all the major muscles, so it increases muscle power, flexibility and the level of physical capacity.

I began swimming many years ago. I thought it would be fun and great exercise, little did I know that I would soon be addicted to it and never turn away.

Every true swimmer has the will to work hard and get better every single day. It’s this that pushes you through those hard practices where you just want to pass out; it’s what makes you spend so many hours in the pool just to shave off a millisecond in your next race. This is why swimming is not for the weak-minded. It is very mentally challenging. You must train your hardest to overcome your fastest enemy who may as well be your best friend in the lane next to you. Swimming is simply unbelievable.

By Milou Tollefors

Student at CET Services