Summer 2014 was when I first discovered Speedo's Speedo Fit Program. I started swimming as part of my breast cancer rehabilitation.
My Physio told me that the water pressure would help reduce my breast lymphedema symptoms at the time of which it did. I hadn't swum laps since I was in high school, so it was a little unnerving at first. Plus I had zero cardio fitness as I'd just finished surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This wasn't going to be easy by any means, but it was necessary.
Being someone who likes to be as self-sufficient as I can be headed straight to Google. This was where I found Speedo's Speedo Fit Program. Perfect!
Speedo Australia provided me with everything I needed from the comfort of my home. There were three easy to follow swimming programs for both 25m & 50m swimming pools as well as all the kit, videos and app I needed to get started.
On the plus side, swimming is one of the great full body exercises you can do for your overall strength and fitness. Here are some other reasons why I chose it and continued with it:
30 minutes water exercise = 1-hour non-water activity. By being time smart, I was able to help reduce my fatigue.
Swimming pumps blood hard into the arms and legs which are great for improving circulation. Increasing my oxygen levels was one way I was able to help my body fight cancer.
Swimming reduces the impact on joints by 90% compared to land-based exercise. My various cancer treatments helped kick-start my osteoarthritis, so this form of exercise was a no-brainer.
Swimming can have a positive mental impact helping to feel more mentally refreshed. Swimming definitely became my happy place, and without a doubt, it improved my mental health every time I went.
It led to me being selected to represent my country in swimming events at the Invictus Games in London 2014. HRH Prince Harry used the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a broader understanding and respect for the wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
Through the powers of social media, Speedo Australia saw what I was posting and doing and got in contact with me. From this, they kindly gifted me some products to help me with my preparation for the Invictus Games. As well as asking me if I would be interested in writing a three-part series about my personal experience with their Get Speedo Fit Program for their website’s blog. Talk about being made to feel important and a self-confidence booster. Here's what I wrote:
After a year hiatus from swimming in 2015, I'm back in the pool again using my Speedo Fit Program. Have you used swimming for rehabilitation or just general health and fitness? If so, tell me about your personal experience below in the comments. I would love to hear them.
Disclosure: Speedo Australia gifted me products for personal use. This is not a sponsored post. The content and opinions expressed above are that of liahalsall.com.