Ever have that feeling of dread before a swim? Us too! The truth is, everyone experiences the distinct, anxiety-inducing thoughts of the cold water and the long workout ahead. But the truth is, the feelings of reward and satisfaction after a swim are irreplaceable. So how do you conquer the demons of swimming dread? We have a few tricks that might help.
1 – PICK A MANTRA
We all have that voice in our head that lists the reasons why we could skip a swim altogether. The way to overcome that obstacle is to create a new voice, one that convinces you that it will be worth it. Pick a phrase that pumps you up and keeps you positive for those moments before your workout. A couple of our favorites:
“Don’t give up what you want MOST for what you want now.”
“Do it now because sometimes later becomes never.”
2 – MAKE IT FUN
Add something to your routine that you genuinely look forward to. We may be biased, but we like adding training gear to the workout. Using tools in a workout adds variety to a long pool session. How to pick the right tools? Focus on a goal you’d like to achieve and select gear that will help you do just that.
Build Muscle: Zoomer’s Gold Fins
Improve Technique: Freestyler Hand Paddles, Forearm Fulcrum
Cardio Conditioning: Swimmer’s Snorkel or Glide Snorkel
3 – REWARD YOURSELF
Give yourself credit for a job well done! Positive reinforcement is a key to building a strong routine. If you enjoy a good cup of coffee, make sure that’s your first stop after the pool. Another good option: try setting a monthly goal and treat yourself with some new swim gear or perhaps a night out when you reach it.
Swim Training is courtesy of FINIS, a SwimSwam partner. Featured Image: Olympic Champion Anthony Ervin, a FINIS Athlete.