Michaela Merz


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Why I no longer go swimming at 6.00am


Movement is as essential for me as eating or sleeping. I am convinced that, if we were to move as much as we sleep, we could avoid many of our illnesses.

To fit enough movement into the working day of an eager beaver like me is difficult. And then the family, the children, the household are all waiting and for movement one really has to plan one’s time to the last minute to be able to realise it at all.

As I engage in sport every day, the off-peak hours are the only possibility. At 6.00am I jump into the swimming pool and, sunk in waves and thoughts, I swim my laps and by 8.00am at the latest I’m at my desk. Continue reading


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The last swim


334981_web_r_k_b_by_irene-lehmann_pixelio-deThe news announced that the beautiful summer is coming to an end. It is mid-September, so it‘s not really surprising. But the news made it clear to me that this Wednesday I won’t be working from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, and then drive home quickly, cook the evening meal and have a discussion with my youngest. No, on Wednesday, if its 28 degrees outside, at 6.00 pm I’ll drive to the Seebad and have a final swim in the lake. Continue reading


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Acquaintances


Three times a week I go swimming in the early morning to the Oerlikon indoor swimming pool. Unnoticed I so became a member of the early morning swimming community. One sees each other regularly, on starts to greet each other. The Swiss are not a country of people, who would start to talk to each other, if they see each other 365 days a year. Heaven forbid!! That would be too close. Continue reading