Many people think that a swimming workout can be comparable to a gym workout. This isn’t always the case.
If you are new to swimming and have been physically active, you will still need to get adjusted to the ways of the pool.
Set Realistic Goals- Sport specific training is necessary any time you change your work out. Just because you are an avid runner and can run for miles on end, doesn’t mean the same will happen in the pool. For the first couple of times, you go swimming, keep your expectations to a minimum. Slowly build from a solid base. Start with a few laps, and as time goes on, you will see that your body is adjusting properly.
Quality over Quantity- It matters greatly when it comes to swimming. Focus on each breath, each stroke, and how your body feels in the water. If you find yourself swimming a lot and not getting much exercise then there is probably something wrong with your technique. Take it slow, and pay attention to the movement. Your form is important whether or not you are an advanced swimmer.
Gear up- Just like any other form of exercise, swimming has some props involved to make the experience a smoother one. A comfortable swimsuit, swimming cap, and goggles can all easily be purchased and used to start your swimming career! Pull buoy can help you work on your upper body positioning and stroke. Similarly, a kickboard can help you focus on your legs and motion of your kick when you swim.
Go With the Flow
Go with the Flow- There are opportunities for everyone when it comes to swimming. If you are going to a public pool, there might even possibly be different swim lanes for different levels. One for slow swimmers, one for intermediate, and one for advanced. If you need to catch your breath, it is always ok to pull over to the side. Just make sure you don’t stop short if someone is behind you.
Join a Swim group- This is a great idea for beginners. Not only is it a great way to be held accountable, but it’s also a motivator to see other people just like you who are trying to improve their swim form. Look for a local swim club or even a Masters Program in your area.
As you can see, there are multiple ways one can work on their swimming technique. It’s all about knowing where and when to get started!