Getting back into exercise after having a baby can be difficult. Finding the time, energy and motivation can be a nightmare, but swimming could be the answer and offers a variety of benefits to new mums.
Swimming is known for being a great cardiovascular exercise and an excellent way to tone muscles. It is very low impact on joints and will take the strain off areas like your back or hips that may have suffered from carrying your pregnancy bump.
Swimming is a sport that you can take at your own pace and build up as your fitness and energy levels come back.
One great advantage to new mums is that swimming is very accessible and relatively inexpensive. With most areas having public swimming baths, you do not need to fork out on expensive monthly gym memberships – money that you can spend on other essential items like nappies!!!!
Most local swimming baths offer a mixture of morning, lunchtime and evening public swimming sessions, so you can fit exercise around your schedule and not the other way round. You may even be lucky enough to have a crèche at your local pool!!!.
Swimming After Having a Baby
Swimming doesn’t have to be a solitary sport if you don’t want it to be. The majority of swimming clubs in the UK will have a “Masters” section where all levels of swimmers from 19 years to 90+ years can train together. Some members will compete and be from a swimming back ground, but all levels of swimmers are welcome at most clubs. The benefit of swimming with a group is that there will be a set schedule devised by a coach involving a variety of elements, possibly including warm ups, timed sections, sprints, drills, and stroke techniques. This type of set programme aids motivation, because you are not tempted to only do a few lengths and then hit the showers.
Two other major benefits for new mums of swimming in a coached session, especial if you have spent all day alone with your baby, is firstly the social side. There will always be people in your lane to chat to and have a conversation with, possibly about a topic other than babies!!! And secondly trying to work out how many lengths there are in 175 metres, and keeping track of which end of the pool you will finish at in relation to where you put your water bottle, is as taxing for your brain as doing Sudoku.
You will find that you work harder in a coached group session without realising it and in turn you will feel satisfied that you have made the most of the time away from your baby, or that the baby sitters fees were justified.
Having a swimwear that you feel comfortable wearing in the water will always aid motivation and enjoyment levels.
Legged swimwear can be a real life saver. After managing to co-ordinate a baby sitter, and drumming up enough motivation to get to the pool, you don’t want to be faced with the shocking realisation that you haven’t had time for a bikini wax lately. This is where the beauty of Bohn swim shorts or leggings can cover up a multitude of sins. This style of swimwear will also be very handy for when you take your offspring swimming, as you won’t have to worry about your swimming costume riding up your bottom as you chase your toddler around the baby pool.
Top Tips for Postnatal Swimming
1. Arrange to go with a friend. If someone picks you up or you have to collect a friend on route, you are less likely to convince yourself to stay in and do the ironing instead.
2. Be conscious of your tummy muscles and pull them in when swimming along. This will recondition the muscles and keep your abdominals nice and strong. This in turn will take strain off the back.
3. Breast stroke may not always be the best stroke for backs that have been put under strain during pregnancy. Invest in some goggles and do front crawl instead.
4. Use a kick board or a pull buoy and break up a session with some training drills.
5. If you don’t feel your technique is up to scratch, join an adult improver’s class.
6. Think about entering a race or a competition – it will give you focus and added motivation.
7. Treat yourself to a some Bohn Swimwear to boast your confidence – see our full range at www.bohn.uk.com
Remember swimming is not only good for your body, but also very therapeutic for a weary mind. Allowing the water to take the weight of your body can be very freeing and the stresses and strains of motherhood can just drift away. Take the plunge and get into the pool today.