Swimming is one of the sports that are able to give you a full-body workout, and there is no reason to not pick it up. The Center for Disease Controlhas recently published the information that more than a third of adults in the United States is not physically able to swim one pool length.
There are many reasons people refuse to start swimming as adults. Either they never learned how to swim, they are afraid of potential infections and irritations from the pool, or they have body-image issues. There is one even simpler explanation; they are lazy and never even thought about it.
The fact is that swimming is a great way to spend your day. Not only will it provide you with a full-body exercise, but also with a chance to spend some time in the water, relaxing.
Here are some tips on picking up swimming as an adult:
- Find a class or an instructor
In case you can’t swim, or you’re not an experienced swimmer, there’s no shame in signing up for a swimming class. You can join group sessions, or work individually with an instructor, depending on your preference and the amount of money you want to spend. You can learn the proper techniques this way, and make sure you get the most out of your swimming exercise. If you’re in the US, you can contact your local YMCA for any additional information.
- Buy the right gear
Most females own push-up bikini tops and similar swimming attire, which is just not suitable for swimming. When it comes to gear, you won’t need anything over the top, just a well-fitting swimsuit that stays in place as you swim. You also might want to invest in a pair of swimming goggles, as they can help with orientation while swimming. A swimming cap is also suggested if you have longer hair.
- Find the right pool
Finding a suitable pool to swim in can prove to be a difficult task, especially for beginners. Most gyms and fitness centers that have pools usually have specific lap swimming requirements and only a few lanes for beginners that are busy or congested all the time. Others have pools reserved for other activities, such as water aerobic, etc. Before deciding for a specific pool, make sure you call and ask if they have the pool available for swimming at the time it suits you.
- Find a swimming club
Once you’ve picked up swimming, and when you start getting a filling that you can push yourself more you should look into joining a swimming club. If you’re more of an introvert, finding a swimming coach is recommended. Once you join a club you’ll be able to see how your peers compare to you, you will be able to share tips and tricks, and you could even make friendships that go beyond the swimming pool.