Your swimming technique.
Something to consider is the technicalities of swimming are slightly more complex than other sports. Without a decent technique, you risk facing exhaustion much quicker and not actually getting that far in the water.
By starting your workout at a comfortable pace you will in turn be able to build up your pace gradually. This is extremely important when getting back into swimming or trying it out for the first time.
The easiest stroke to master.
In terms of beginners technique, standard freestyle is often the easiest to grasp. This stroke is recommended to those relatively new to the pool as it can be completed with slightly less exertion. In addition to this, it tends to be the fastest stroke.
Freestyle will allow you to increase your heart rate to steady level meaning you would be able to train for longer periods of time.
When you head to the pool for a swim, this doesn’t mean you have to ‘swim’ traditionally. Pool running involves putting a kick board under each arm and moving your legs like you are running. Injured runners often try this as it uses similar muscles without the additional pressure on your joints.
Recovering from injury.
Individuals are often advised to swim when they’re recovering from an injury, however those with shoulder injuries should consider this advice with caution. While this is a great exercise for those with ankle injuries for example, if your injury is around your shoulders should take greater care.
Swimming does come with its own set of risks however. But this risk is much lower compared to other activities. Also, injuries while swimming are more easily preventable considering a good level of technique is followed.
Where to go swimming.
Each gym or club will have its own area with a pool, which will differ slightly depending on the facility. Some will be members only, whereas others will offer a drop in service also. Choose a pool according to how often you plan on going swimming and the facilities you require.
After you build up your confidence in the pool, you can venture into noncompetitive swim teams to ensure regular practice and make it more enjoyable!
Go it a go!
After checking out our top reasons to try swimming, why not give it a go and see the benefits for yourself!