Starting your day with a swim does much more than simply wake you up. Dive straight into this informative 2 part article explaining where to get your water-based exercise and get started with some fantastic benefits that will help you to live a healthier, happier and longer life. In Part I we explore the places you can go to swim and outline the general health benefits of swimming, while in part II we get down to the nitty gritty of how a pre-work swim will help you perform better at the office. Where to go swimming If you are lucky enough to live near to the coast, swimming in the sea is a great option. Don’t be put off by the cold. Diehard sea swimmers make it into the sea all year round! Most coastal towns have sea-swim clubs you can join, so you won’t have to brave the waters alone. The wild swimming community also make use of rivers and lakes, as well as the sea, so if you’re not in a coastal region, you still have wild options. If you prefer to do your swimming in the safety of a pool, check out your local pool. After a bit of trial and error you’ll be able to suss out the quieter times. If you are an especially dedicated swimmer, installing a swimming pool in the back garden will give you the convenience of taking a swim as soon as you roll out of bed. Large pools can be pricey, but lap and exercise pools are a much smaller and cheaper alternative. Pool installation experts, Compass Pools, offer three different types of treadmill pools. They make a great addition to any home, and you’ll have no excuse for ducking out of your morning exercise routine. 3 reasons why swimming before work is good for your health. 1. A great way to avoid injury A low impact workout means you won’t be suffering those injuries more easily sustained from a gym session, an aerobics class, or a morning run. Injury and inflammation are a significant source of chronic stress, and they also affect sleep. Avoiding injury means you’ll be able to stay at the top of your game. With swimming offering a no-impact workout, you are far less likely to injure yourself, but you still gain all the health benefits associated with regular exercise. 2. Oodles of health benefits Swimming is a great way to workout. It improves cardio health, lung capacity and builds muscle strength. And with less chance of injury, it’s one of the best forms of exercise you can choose. Swimming utilises more muscle groups than many other forms of exercise, giving you a total body workout, and it’s suitable for all ages. Swimming in cold water is increasingly being shown to benefit those suffering from depression. In a report in The Telegraph, one swimmer commented, “the physical demands of struggling against the piercing cold can release you from what’s going on inside your head.” Research conducted at Portsmouth University, also concluded that cold-water swimming increases immunity, leading to fewer colds. And research from Finland found cold-water swimming to be a useful pain relief for inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatism. 3. Helps you to lose weight If you’re stuck in a desk job, it’s easy to start piling on the pounds. Getting yourself to the gym or swimming pool after work is all too often way too much trouble. After a hard day at work, you can’t wait to get home, kick off your shoes and chill out. A swim before work is a great way to make sure your exercise routine gets ticked off at the start of the day, before you get the chance to talk yourself out of it. Look out for Part II of our article. We’ll be taking a look at some of the fabulous work-related benefits of a morning swim. It’s a swim win. Mike James is an independent writer - specialising in business management and online security. When not working, Mike likes to escape the stresses and challenges of this role by keeping fit, eating healthily and relaxing with water based therapies. Or, as the Romans said: Salus per Aqua (aka 'SPA').