If swimming is your sport, you know the awesome feeling that comes after a good workout. Even when your muscles are tired, you still feel that exhilarating rush. But what happens when that feeling isn’t enough anymore? What if you begin to feel burnt out? How do you drag yourself to the pool if your heart isn’t in it? If you’re feeling this way, try these tips to avoid swimmer’s burnout.
Reevaluate your workout
If swimming is no longer giving you the enjoyment it used to, it might be time to reevaluate your approach. Ask yourself, what parts of your workout do you like the most? Be sure to add more of that to the mix. What parts do you dread the most? How can these parts be improved?
For instance, let’s say you are dreading your usual set of 4 x 200 freestyles. Try breaking them up with sets of a different stroke. Or swim them as 4 x 200 medleys, so you don’t get bored of freestyle. Improving the parts that you dread can put you on the road to enjoying your workout again. For more ideas on revamping your workout, try How To Spice Up Your Swim Routine.
Set short-term achievable goals
Whether you’re training for a master’s swim meet or swimming for your own exercise, it’s good to set short-term goals that are realistic to attain. You want the goals to be measurable and time-bound.
For example, say you want to swim a 100 freestyle faster. Instead of saying “I want to get faster,” set a measurable goal, such as “I want to swim 100 free in under 1 minute by the end of next month.” This will help you focus your workouts and renew your commitment to swimming.
There are dozens of goal-setting apps that can help. The apps encourage you to put your goal in words and set milestones to get there one step at a time. Go ahead and try it. You will love the feeling of accomplishment when you reach your first goal!
Swim at a different time
If you feel uninspired to go to the pool after a long day at work, maybe a change in timing could help. For many people, the early morning hours are the most energetic. Find out when your pool opens each morning, and see if you can fit in a workout before heading to the office. For more information on early morning workouts, check out Seven Benefits of an Early Morning Swim.
Swim to music
Thanks to the wonders of technology, you can now wear waterproof headphones in the pool. What better way to pass the laps than with your favorite group playing right in your ears? There are lots of brands to choose from. When looking for new earbuds, be sure the earbud is a comfortable fit for you. And remember to change up your playlist now and then to keep it fresh.
Swim with a friend
One of the best ways to combat swimmer burnout is to find a friend to join you at the pool. For starters, working out with a friend gives you greater accountability. But more than that, it gives you a chance to socialize, whether in the locker room or in between laps. Working out with a friend may just be the spark that gets you over your obstacles.
Take breaks to cross train
If you’re still feeling burnt out from swimming, maybe it’s time to take a short break. Consider cross training with a different sport like lifting weights, jogging, biking, or doing a cardio circuit at the gym. There’s no harm in taking a short break to try something else. You might even come back stronger than ever before.
If all else fails, accessorize
For many us, nothing improves a negative attitude like a little shopping. And it’s fun to try new swim gear, like new goggles, caps, and so on. If a shopping fix is what you need, be sure to check out our line of chlorine-resistant swimsuits. We have one-pieces and tankinis with racerback styles that offer the best in support and style during your workout. With their high necklines and cross-back style, they stay just where you want them through every dive, stroke, and flip turn. And you’ll love the terrific styles that we have waiting for you!