If you are a former swimmer but have stopped for a while. It is better to set up smaller achievable goals. If a person is trying to start swimming again like there was no break, the risk for injuries are much higher.
When you do start to try to get back into swimming, remember it is better to not to try to do too much way too soon. You could also for example start counting strokes as you swim. This way you can try to improve your ability to swim further and faster over time.
Also it is better to swim for shorter amount of time to start with. Try to break it up to swim several times a week. Instead of swimming for a long time only one or two times a week.
- If you can’t do long swims, start with short, slow swims and little by little build up your endurance.
- Swallow your pride and start out a lane or two slower than when you last worked out.
- If you only have 20-30 minutes a day, get in the water as much as possible rather than doing fewer longer workouts.
“setting a realistic plan and working towards small goals and improvements caters long-term success.”