Berlin, July 27: The world has become so advanced. Majority of us possess a mode of transportation like a car or a bike to go to work. With so much rush on roads, the rate of traffic is booming higher and higher these days. Amongst us, a smart man named Benjamin David from Munich, Germany has a simple solution to our everyday commute problems. He travels to office by swimming 2 km in the Isar river to cut the traffic on roads. Well, isn't that brilliant!
The video of Benjamin swimming to work went viral on the Internet. In the video shot by BBC, David is seen confessing he loves taking the unusual route to work every day instead of the traditional modes of going to work. Every morning David packs his essential things into a water-proof bag and dives into the Isar, which flows right next to a busy street in Munich.
David in the video says, “When I am swimming, I am indeed quicker and much more relaxed.” In fact, doctors have established ‘swimming’ as an excellent form of workout. Some of the benefits of swimming include balancing one’s heart rate, reducing stress, building endurance and muscle strength, keeping body weight in check, improving coordination, balance and posture, improving flexibility and being a low-impact therapy for some kinds of injuries.
In the morning, David packs his laptop, suit and shoes in a waterproof bladder in which one can store all their things and wrap the bag around the shoulders. Before jumping into the water, David checks the water level and the speed of the water currents. It helps him to justify if he should be wearing a long or a short wetsuit.
He confesses that he enjoys more time while drinking coffee in the morning as opposed to his colleagues who are normally late at work. Even though David gets many surprised glances and stares from many bystanders, he said he did not mind. In fact, he has shared his uncommon choice of transport with many people who have then offered to accompany him just to experience what it would be like to swim to work. “Indeed it is becoming a movement as people get fond of swimming here,” said David.
David stated he got the idea of using the Isar River as a mode of transport because the particular waterway was one of the most popular transport routes over 150 years ago, connecting Rome and Vienna. However, since people upgraded from, travelling in rafts, the river has been discarded as a transportation passage. One should not be surprised if Isar becomes the choice transport for people yet again in the future, concluded David.