Easy Swimming Tips for Starting Out

& Getting Back In the Water

There really is nothing more beautiful than being able to move fish like through the water. The feeling of being weightless, and fully but gently supported, is at times quite magnificent.

Not only is swimming a fantastic way of relaxing it is also really good for your body, particularly as you get a bit older and might be carrying the odd injury & tight spot or two.

Swimming can also be a great addition to any exercise program as it provides a welcome respite to the bone pounding types of weight bearing exercises we generally do.

Swimming will also tone your arms and back, create a stronger core and is good for cardio fitness. If you want to know just how many calories you can burn swimming in comparison to other things then check out this Calorie Cruncher / Calculator

So where to start if you can’t swim?

Firstly although some people have been able to teach themselves to swim using “You Tube” it really isn’t the recommended way. The very best thing to do is to have some adult learn to swim lessons. These can be found just about everywhere in the world from your local swimming pool to private tutors.

Here are a couple of links you might like to check out.

And if you fancy doing something really different then try out a Learn to Swim Holiday

If you’ve been out of the water for a while? Then it’s definitely time you started to swim again.

The good news is that you will have some muscle memory no matter how long you have been out of the water. The other good thing is that since you have been out for a while you might want to try and swim better and unlearn some of the bad habits you picked up last time, like lifting your head and not putting your hand in the water properly.

Again one or two tune up lessons may be a great place to start plus there are often improvements in technique that only a good teacher will know about. This can also help you get rid of those old bad habits.

You might want to start out by just walking in the water and treading water in the deep end just to switch your water muscles back on.

Work up by setting yourself small goals and be patient. You might just want to do sets of 2 x 25 M with a rest of a minute or two. Start out with maybe 10 in a session, remembering to warm up and cool down, and gradually increase the distance.

As a part of the laps you might want to add some drills and use a kickboard, fins and a pull buoy.

The most important thing to remember is to be patient. Pushing it too hard will no doubt either make you sore or be so hard it turns you off getting back in.

Some tips for comfortable swimming

Buy goggles that fit. This might seem obvious but I see many people stopping every lap or two to empty out the water from their goggles. Nothing destroys a good swim more than goggles that don’t fit.

There are so many different varieties on the market now you just need to spend a little bit of time trying them on. Most people develop a preference for a particular type and then stick with it but it is worth trying out some newer models as they are always changing the designs and the materials to improve comfort and usefulness.

You can check out reviews of different goggles online but here is one to get you started.  Goggle Buying Guide

You of course need swimmers, or a costume to wear, again this is totally personal preference. If you are going to be doing a lot of swimming in a chlorinated pool then look for one made with fabric that can withstand the rigours of Chlorine.

Remember that you need to be able to freely move your arms and you don’t want to be having to pull the straps up because they are slipping off.

Have a look around at what other people your shape and size are wearing for some clues. They don’t always have to cost a lot of money either some of the best most serviceable swimming costumes I have ever owned have only cost me $20 Aud. 

Cap it off with a great cap. Why??? Because you don’t want hair getting in your eyes when you turn around or put your head in a different direction. Quite a lot of pools won’t let you swim without one anyway. Even though they won’t keep your hair dry they do protect it quite a lot and is the best way to take good care of your hair. If you like swimming races they can make you a tiny bit faster in the pool. They protect your ears and also help keep you warm if you are swimming in colder water.

Any kind of cap will do the trick but the best one is the one that fits you well and you can get on and off. Again there are quite a lot to choose from check out this little online guide. Swim Cap Guide

A little tip I learnt about your hair. Wet your hair before you put your cap on so that the hair strands are full of clean water and so can’t absorb any more of the chlorinated water if it gets under your cap.

And one last thing….. Don’t forget to manage your skin in the sun. WEAR SUNSCREEN AND COVER UP…. Or Slip, Slop, Slap and Seek.

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