I think I'm part fish because I really enjoy swimming. I love how free and lightweight my body feels, and I love the resistance the water puts on my muscles as I move. It's also great to get your heart pumping without sweating a drop. If you've been thinking about getting into swimming or have been hitting the pool for a while, keep these no nos in mind.
- Don't do laps with ankle or wrists weights — I know this sounds like common sense, but I've seen folks try this in the pool. The added weight coupled with the water's resistance can put immense stress on your muscles and joints.
- If you're a beginner, don't overdo it. Just because you can run for 30 minutes straight, doesn't mean you can swim for the same amount of time. Set realistic goals and gradually build up your endurance. Here is a great swim plan for beginners, which will help you pace yourself.
- Don't be concerned with speed. Moving slowly still works your muscles. As your body becomes stronger with practice, you'll be able to increase your pace.
What else should you keep in mind? To find out
- Don't increase your weekly distance by more than 10 percent as compared to the previous week. Runners also follow this 10 percent rule, so if you want to know how to gradually increase your mileage each week, check this chart.
- Don't rule out the need for an instructor just because you already learned how to swim when you were five-years-old. Make an appointment with a trainer or coach so they can watch you swim. They'll be able to give you tips on how to tweak your technique so you can swim efficiently and without the risk of injury.