What to do if you’re getting back to swimming

New year, new you, right? For some of you, 2016 will be the year you decided to get back in shape—swimming is perfect for that! If you used to swim before and decided to get back to it after a long break, here are some things to remember:

1- Forget the swimmer you used to be
If you used to be a good swimmer but haven’t trained in years, don’t expect to be a good swimmer again right from the beginning. Maybe you’ll get back to that level, maybe not, but don’t think about it too much. Swimming is hard, and any swimmer who took a little time off can tell you how hard it is to start again. Even if it was only for a few weeks, it feels like you barely remember how to swim anymore. Pace yourself! You can use your old PBs as a goal for the future, but give yourself enough time to get there.

2- Find a training partner
Training is always better with someone! Your training partner will help you stay motivated; for example, you can set weekly or monthly goals and have a little competition to see who reach them first. It’ll also help you make sure you won’t skip any training—what kind of terrible person would let a friend down? If you don’t know anyone who wants to swim with you, you can join your local swim team!

3- Be consistent
That one is pretty obvious, but too many people expect miracles. You can’t expect great results if you only train once in a while. It doesn’t matter how many times a week you swim; what matters the most is that you make a plan and stick to it.

4- Be positive
Motivation can be hard to find, and having a bad attitude will only make it worse. Try to find the positive in everything, even in a bad workout. Instead of focusing on what went wrong, focus on what you did well and make sure you keep doing that in the future. Those parts that weren’t so great? They are things you need to work on and opportunities to become even better!

5- Remember why you’re doing this
No matter why you decided to jump into that pool, keep that in mind every time you go. Sport is a great way to get in shape, push your limits, challenge yourself, reach your goals, make you a better and happier person… you could have chosen any sports, they’re all good. Why did you choose swimming? (Hint: it’s the best sport!)

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