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EMBRACING SLOW SWIMMING

Slow swimming isn’t about swimming slowly. it is about swimming in a more mindful way, explains phia Steyn

“The Slow movement is a term describing a wide range of efforts taking place around the world that seek to connect us more meaningfully with others, with place, and with ourselves. it emerged as an effort to counteract the fast-paced, commodityfocused, unbalanced, and impersonal nature of much of modern human culture. The main tenet of the Slow movement is that by taking the appropriate amount of time to experience the various activities of our lives, we are able to get in touch with what is deeply satisfying and fulfilling… it is important to note that the Slow movement is not about doing things slowly. it is about finding the right speed with which to do something in a way that values quality over quantity, long term benefits over short term gains, and well–being of the many over the few...”

Create the good life!

For years, I’ve had a soft spot for the Slow Movement – I refuse to rush anything unless even the NHS would class it as an emergency; I’ve long ago retired my love affair with the thrill of the fast traffic around South Africa’s big urban centres; my ideal weekend includes at the very least one nap; and I love slow food in almost all its manifestations, from slow cooking to slow dining. When you make these slow choices, you find that other aspects of your life start to fall into this delightful life trap as well.

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There is wild swimming and there is really wild swimming. This issue we bring you some pretty extreme swimming from the Arctic Circle. It is thrilling stuff, but if you like your thrills a little more genteel then check out our feature on swimming walks in Devon. Elsewhere in the mag we are feeling pretty zen: breathe deeply and read our features on yoga for open water swimmers and the benefits of mindful swimming. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the open water. For many, me included, our regular dose of outdoor swimming is from our local lido. We look at the lido revival that is taking place around the country. As well as more event reviews and event listings than ever before we also have tips on better backstroke from Terry Laughlin, how to train with paddles from Fiona Ford and Ed Williams teaches you how to bounce back from failure. Plus, gear reviews, nutrition and loads more!
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