Jump in the Pool: The Complete Swim Workout

Take a dip and get a complete bodywork out!

If walking or running doesn’t appeal to you, then why not take a dip in your local pool?

Swimming is the ideal exercise for those who have been inactive for a long period of time. The lack of impact means that your body will be able to cope with much more exercise initially, so that you can get a head start in getting back into shape. Not only is swimming much more friendly to your joints, the resistance of the water will mean that you burn calories much faster in the long term. In fact, research has suggested that 30 minutes of exercise in the water is worth 45 minutes of exercise on dry land.

We’ve put together a quick list of tips to give you the best start in your new swimming adventure:

Make sure you’re comfortable

It’s perfectly understandable to feel a little bit nervous about stepping into a new public swimming pool, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve taken a dip. Make sure you’re as comfortable as possible in the water before heading for your first length. Wear goggles if that makes you feel better and find a swimming costume that you feel confident in. Don’t be cowed by your insecurities – take the plunge!

Take your time in between lengths

Once you get in the water try not to get intimidated by the other more experienced swimmers in the water. Swim at your own pace and make sure to take breaks when you need them. Whilst swimming is an impact-free sport, it is still exhausting; the last thing you want to do it run out of juice in the middle of a length. By taking small breaks between lengths you can catch your breath and keep going for longer.

Go early in the morning

Most public swimming pools offer an early-bird swimming session for committed swimmers who don’t mind setting their alarm clocks at the crack of dawn. The pool is usually a lot quieter earlier in the morning and you can also benefit from cheaper rates too. Best of all, swimming early gives you the chance to get the exercise done and dusted, so you can get on with the rest of your day.

Not a fan of public pools?

If public schools are really not to your liking then you could consider installing a one piece swimming pool in your garden. Private swimming pools don’t need to cost you a fortune, in fact there are a number of companies that offer construction and installation rolled into one affordable package. The limiting factor for most will be the space, if you don’t have the luxury of a large back garden the you might find that the public pool is your only option.

Wait to swim after eating!

Always remember the important rule regarding eating and swimming: Don’t swim for an hour after you’ve eaten. Although this might sound like an old wive’s tale, it’s a good rule to follow for exercise in general. Your body needs energy to digest food, so you’ll be less capable until this has happened. Once the energy has been released (around an hour later) you’ll be able to exercise with all those freshly consumed calories.