It’s that time of year again. Summer’s over and it’s getting colder as time goes by. But that should not stop you from doing something you love when it is warm out, or learning how to do something new. Swimming is a great activity for any of those out there who already do it and want to keep healthy or if you want to learn how to do it before next summer comes round the corner. The benefits are truly amazing and it also gives you a chance to wear that beautiful swimsuit once again!
Where can I start?
The best place to get started is at your local pool. You’ll find information on classes for different age groups and levels, gender-only sessions (if you’re worried about being in a mixed group), timetables and prices. Or you might be lucky enough to have access to one in your own backyard- take advantage of it!
What are the benefits of swimming?
Swimming is one of the best exercises you can do. It’s fun, a great way to keep active and an activity that most people just love to do once they get started. Of the countless advantages that one can gain by swimming, these are the most prominent:
- Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke
- It can boost your mood
- Keeps your weight under control
- Can develop a swimmer’s general strength and endurance
Having a great swimsuit is very important
Swimsuits mean a lot more to swimmers then shoes do to tennis players or basketball players. While appearance may not be as compelling an issue in competitive swimwear fit and functionality are very important. If you are selecting swimwear for casual lap swimming, your swimsuit longevity is the most important factor. For serious swimmers speed facilitation is their major requirement. In any way, make sure you select chlorine resistant swimwear to ensure a great lenght of your swimsuit life.
What if I’m a beginner?
This is not a problem. Swimming is an activity that welcomes all at any level. It’s a great way to socialise as well. Why don’t you bring a couple of friends down to the pool with you to help give you tips on your technique. When at your local pool you can also take classes or get a personal trainer, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Find it difficult to keep motivated?
Just remembering the benefits and the sense of achievement you will get from doing an activity like this will go a long way in keeping you motivated. But there still might be a hindrance to you. I’ve got a few tips that might help:
- Turn it into a habit- By doing this activity on a regular basis, it will become part of your routine and won’t seem so much like a chore, but something that makes you feel good because it’s what you enjoy
- Take the kids- They’ll love being in the water as much as you, maybe more. It’s a great way to bond with them, as well as a sound financial investment
- Get an annual pass- Think about it, if you’ve got one it will encourage you to go as much as you want and save you money
- Join a club- Not only will this get you and keep you motivated, but it’s will not hurt your social side one bit. It’s a great way to meet people and a good basis to start a friendship on.
Whatever the weather, this is a great activity to do. Take a friend, the kids or go alone. Whatever level swimmer you may be, it’s a great activity and you will surely reap the best benefits.