With winter finally here and in full force, you don’t want to lose the progress and momentum that you’ve worked so hard to build over summer. We’ve put together a quick guide for keeping up your motivation over the winter, but let us know if you have any tips or tricks that you use to just keep swimming!
1. Set yourself a goal.
Whether your goal is to get ready for an event like passing the NSW Police Aqua Rescue Sequence test, or a self-enforced goal to swim 50m freestyle without stopping, having something to work towards can help us stay motivated. If you’re not sure what the next step is for you, have a chat with your instructor next time you see them!
2. Plan ahead for the cold
If you know that the cold-factor is stopping you from enjoying your regular swims, plan ahead to stay warm before the swim and get warm after. This article has some great suggestions for kids, but we think those tips are great for everyone to use. Here’s another good article with similar advice.
Making sure you have a warm, dry towel, comfortable and warm swimwear, and plenty of warm clothes to hop into post-swim! There are plenty of options for thermal swimwear as well, ranging from thermal tops (rashies) all the way up to swimming wetsuits.
You’re also not limited to swimming in freezing cold water outdoors! Particularly when our classes move to the lovely indoor Cook + Phillip Park Pool, there’ll be no excuse. But even without classes, there are plenty of great indoor swimming pools all around Sydney to make your swimming goals that little bit easier.
3. Get into (and stick with) a routine.
As we mentioned above, having a swim buddy can be an excellent way to create a routine with some added accountability. Picking a schedule that’s achievable is super important, so don’t go too big! Even if just sticking to your usual one class a week, having something regularly scheduled will make swimming easier and easier.
4. Treat yourself!
Swimming shouldn’t feel like a punishment, so don’t let it become one! Our go-to is always a lovely hot drink after a cold swim, but you can choose anything from an extra minute in the hot showers to your favourite breakfast/lunch at a cafe. You deserve it!