A Beginner’s Guide to Swimming Laps
You might’ve seen those swimmers and their chiseled bodies, and now you too want to take up swimming. That’s a great decision since swimming is an excellent cardio and strength workout that’s also low-impact and fun. However, if you’re a beginner, you can expect to feel a little confused and overwhelm. But, don’t give up just yet. Here’s a handy beginner’s guide to swimming laps that will get you in the water in no time.
Take swimming lessons
Even though you know how to swim, take a few other lesions where you’ll learn better technique, different styles, and proper breathing. A good swimming coach can teach you how to relax in the water and not fight against it and waste a lot of energy. Once you get that straight, speed, endurance and strength will follow. So, don’t be embarrassed to join a class and get a few lessons.
Start with the basics
Since you’re a beginner, it’s best to start with the most relaxed stroke which is the front crawl stroke. To start swimming crawl, begin by lying flat on the water, belly down. Next, reach your left arm out in front of you and pull it straight down into the water until it’s flat to your body. Do the same with your right arm and repeat. Try rotating your body side to side while also kicking your legs. You can start with your head above the water, but as you get better, try to put your face in the water and reach for air every other or third stroke. Once you master crawl, you can try different techniques such as butterfly, breaststroke or backstroke.
Set realistic goals
Many people who are in relatively good shape and run 5k every morning think they can also take up swimming and do 50 laps the first session. Swimming has different requirements and activates different muscles. So, if you don’t want to get disappointed or too exhausted, start slowly. For instance, try swimming two laps in one go. If that’s too easy, work more. However, if you can’t do one lap without stopping, don’t give up. Keep up the good form and do as much as you can. In time, your stamina and strength will improve, and you’ll be able to swim longer and faster.
Find a comfortable place for workouts
Some people really want to take up swimming but are too embarrassed to go to a public pool and swim with other people. They might be ashamed of their body or their lack of technique and form. However, once you actually go to the pool, you’ll see that no one really cares about how you look and how inexperienced you are, as long as you’re following the swimmer’s etiquette and don’t interfere with their workout. Actually, most of the swimmers will be happy to help you if you ask nicely.
If you still don’t want to go to your local community pool and are lucky enough to have your own backyard, perhaps you should consider investing in a pool. There are contemporary concrete pools that are suitable both for swimming laps and relaxing on a hot day. This type of pool provides flexibility in installation, meaning that it can be constructed even if your backyard is narrow or sloping.
Ask for feedback
You might think that you’re bringing your elbows high out of the water, but you can’t really know for sure unless you film yourself or ask for feedback. If you’re practicing individually at a public pool, you can always find someone to spot you and tell you what you look like. Seasoned swimmers can give you a bunch of valuable tips on how to improve your style, breathing, and stamina.
Swimming laps is a high physical activity that will keep you fit and healthy, plus it’s a fun way to spice up your regular workout routine. So, put your swimsuit on and jump in!