When you dive into the pool for your swim practice, you want to get the most out of your session. There are ways you can train to get the best results, whatever your goal.
Here are five top tips to get the most out of your swim practice.
1. Eat before you go
The worst feeling is going to your swim practice and feeling tired and hungry. To get the most out of your sessions, you need to be energised!
Don’t turn up to your swim practice on an empty stomach, but also don’t jump in the pool immediately after having your lunch. Eating something 1-2 hours before going gives your stomach enough time to digest the food.
Some good meals to eat before swim practice are whole grains, oats, sandwiches, or fruit salad. These provide you with a good source of carbohydrates, giving you the energy that you need for an amazing swim session.
2. Drink water
It’s just as important to stay hydrated as it is to stay fuelled. Make sure you drink lots of water before your practice and take some water with you to the pool to sip throughout your session.
You will be using a lot of energy swimming, so your body is going to need more water than usual. Be sure to pack a few water bottles in your swim bag and take them with you to the pool. During your session, take small sips of water to keep your body hydrated.
3. Don’t swim if you don’t feel good
If you feel ill or are starting to feel ill, don’t go to your swim practice. You don’t want to risk making yourself feel worse. Also, you don’t want to make your fellow swimmers ill either. When you feel a bit under the weather, stay at home and rest!
4. Have a plan
With any type of exercise, having a workout plan is a key to success. Make yourself a plan to follow that is fun and varied. This will keep you motivated for your swim practice.
Be sure to set your goals or desired outcome of the practice. Do you want to swim more lengths than usual? Do you want to perfect a new stroke? Keep this goal in mind when you create your plan. We can also help you to create a plan that best suit you!
5. Pack in advance
The night before your swim practice, pack your bag. This ensures you don’t forget any essentials like your towel or shampoo. Packing your bag in advance also means you’re not rushing around a few minutes before you need to go!