There’s no better time to start swimming than summer: the mornings are light, meaning getting up early isn’t a drag; or if you chose to swim in an outdoor lido, you’re not going to freeze your bits off!
For all those swimming beginners, we’ve put together a simple fitness set that should get you sweating, without throwing you in at the deep end.
(Duration 30 minutes – based on a 25m pool)
Equipment required: hat (optional), goggles & water bottle
Swim 4 x 1 length alternating lengths frontcrawl & backstroke – 20 seconds rest between.
6 x 1 length breaststroke swim with 20 seconds rest between.
Count your strokes & aim to reduce them by 1 stroke every length (stretch & glide)
12 x 1 length frontcrawl swim with 15 seconds rest
1st & 2nd length focus on breathing to the side every 3 strokes
3rd length breathe with as few breaths as comfortable
Repeat above x 4
(12 lengths total)
2 x 2 lengths on a stroke of your choice – easy swim
(4 lengths total)
Total lengths: 26 (650m in a 25m pool)