Swimming has a reputation for being one of the best physical activities out there, and yet Iâ€™ve heard every excuse in the book as to why people arenâ€™t getting out and getting into the water.
Â In case you have been teetering on the edge, Iâ€™m here to encourage you to take the plunge. I have the answer to any excuse you have:
You donâ€™t need to buy anything. If swimming is anything it is cheap. Unlike running where you need to invest in some kicks or spinning where you pay per punch, you need virtually one thing to swim: a bathing suit. Of course, you could sweeten the deal and buy some goggles or a cap, but letâ€™s take it one step at a time.
You donâ€™t have to swim laps. Luckily for all you anti-lap swimmers out there, thereÂ are other ways to fit in a calorie burn in the pool. Check out your local recreation centers and YMCAs for water aerobics classes â€“ trust me, they arenâ€™t for old people anymore. And if youâ€™re more of a self-starter hit a search engine for some water moves or grab your water-proof watch and see how long you can tread.
You can be challenged. If you are a skeptic, Â bored ofÂ making up your own workouts, orÂ not a lone wolf exerciser,Â I assure you, there are options for you, too! Many cities and towns have Masters Swim Teams that practice regularly throughout the year. Most towns have underground triathlon training groups forming, too. All you have to do is ask!
You can fit it in your schedule. Most pools (indoor and outdoor) are open at various times throughout the day to accommodate busy schedules. Early morning? Check. Lunch break? Check. Afternoon? Check. Post-dinner? Check. If youâ€™re lucky enough to call a natural body of water your aquatic stomping ground then you can go at practically any time!
You can take baby steps. Whether you want a one-on-one approach that private swim lessons can provide you or if you want the social aspect of a group class, lessons are out there. Of course you can always educate yourself from your couch with the help of the internet, or by checking out some of my tips on What Kate Ate. Itâ€™s never too late to teach a dog new tricks!