A simple swim routine
If you’re considering a luxury swim spa from the Hydropool Staffordshire collection, you may already be a seasoned swimmer who loves to notch up those lengths in the pool each morning but wants a private space in the comfort of home. However, if you’re new to swimming, a swim spa could still be the perfect choice for you.
Whether you love exercising every day or you’re new to it, swimming is a fantastic sport to include into your routine. It’s low-impact which means there is less risk of injury; it’s gentle on your joints and allows you to build strength and tone muscles in a gentle way. However, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy! It’s a fantastic cardiovascular workout which improves your stamina, burns those calories and can generally give you a wonderful endorphin boost to make you feel fantastic.
But where do you start?
One of the simplest strokes to start swimming has to be breaststroke. If you are new to swimming and haven’t mastered the art of a strong breathing technique just yet (or you don’t fancy getting your hair completely soaked today), you can keep your head above the water. You face forward on your tummy, push your arms out in front of you to full stretch, then pull them round and back in a big circle, and repeat. The bigger the motion, the stronger your arms and the better shape your cupped hands are when drawing back all provide for a better stroke. Your legs do pretty much the same. So draw your knees up towards your body as far as you can, then kick them out to the sides, round and straight back down again, and repeat. If you do want to try this stroke with breathing, pop your head under water as your hands push out in front of you, and come back up for air when you pull them back round. This makes for a really relaxing swim and forces you to focus on your breathing, which is fantastic for your mental wellbeing too.
Doing this for just fifteen minutes each morning before work, or each evening before supper is a great start to swimming as a form of exercise. You don’t need to go too hard or too fast, just focus on the quality of the stroke and your breathing and you will naturally become stronger and faster. It’s amazing what just a short session can do for your strength and stress levels.
So if you’re new to swimming and aren’t sure if a swim spa is for you, just take it slow! And soon you’ll realise it was the best decision you made for your home, your lifestyle and your fitness.