Swimming is a fantastic way to improve fitness, burn calories and fit more activity into your day. Swimming for just half an hour can burn more than 200 calories, which can make staying in shape without depriving yourself of tasty treats a lot easier.
However, even if you have a pool in your backyard, you may have difficulty motivating yourself to complete your swim workout every day. If your motivation has been slipping lately, here are some tips which you can use to increase your enthusiasm for your daily swim.
1. Mix It Up
Doing the same workout every day can get boring. So rather than swimming a certain number of laps each morning, take some time to plan varied workouts which will spice up your daily swim sessions. You could mix up laps of breaststroke, backstroke or front crawl with sets which are focused solely on kicking, pulling or diving.
Use a kickboard or pull buoy to immobilize your arms or legs while you challenge yourself to travel from one end of the pool to the other using only a subset of your swimming muscles. These drills may not only help to prevent boredom but also increase your strength and stamina, making you a stronger swimmer.
2. Find a Swim Buddy
Some people love being alone in an empty pool, but others find swimming alone to be a lonely experience. If you crave company or need someone to keep you accountable for your daily swim exercises, invite a neighbour or family member to work out with you. Working out with a partner is one of the best ways to increase the motivation to exercise, so why not start searching for a swim buddy today?
3. Improve Your Pool Environment
You may not feel very enthusiastic about swimming in a cold, dirty swimming pool. So investing in the maintenance and improvement of your pool environment can improve your motivation to swim. Skimming leaves out of your pool every evening is a simple way to make your morning swim more appealing.
If you don't have enough time to do this task yourself, you could hire someone to regularly clean your pool and the area around it, or you could also pay your kids an allowance to take charge of this chore.
If you plan to continue your morning swim workouts as the weather begins to cool down, then you will need to consider adding a heater to your pool. Increasing the temperature of the pool by just a couple of degrees can remove the dread of that first cold plunge.
For a bigger transformation, you can also invest in new landscaping around your pool in your backyard to make the outdoor environment more attractive. Don't underestimate the positive effect that pleasant surroundings can have on your motivation to exercise in your backyard pool each day.
4. Maintain Your Pool
If you struggle to keep your pool water clean, your pool pump may have a problem. Running your pump for between eight and 12 hours a day should be enough to keep the water circulating and prevent algae growth.
However, if the pump is worn out or simply doesn't have enough horsepower to pump all of the water through the filter, you may notice your water turning cloudy or green. Invest in a pool pump service to make your backyard pool a more appealing place to swim.
If you are having problems with your pool, get in touch with Shenton Pumps today. We can diagnose and repair a wide range of problems related to your pump, and other important aspects of your pool.