Daily life can be very stressful – work pressures, home pressures and health issues can really build up and cause us to be up tight and feel down-right fed up. Swimming can be a great way to relieve your stress. Because swimming provides a cardio work out – you’re allowing the strains in your muscles to escape and if you’re feeling frustrated you can really take your aggression out on the pool!
Here are 3 top tips for getting the frustration out in the pool:
If you’re a relatively confident swimmer, and can swim front crawl okay – try swimming with fists – not only does it allow you to ‘punch’ the water – relieving some aggression – it’s also a really good way to train your arms into good technique – you have to really pull hard and in the right direction with your fists in order to propel yourself forwards.
Try humming to yourself and tune your swimming strokes in time with your ‘song’ – not only is this relaxing, but it will help you to get your technique and timing right with your strokes.
Have a float! Lay back in the water and bring your legs up to the surface – gently scull with your hands (sculling is the art of moving your hands to keep you afloat – a bit like you do when treading water) – by putting your head back in the water, outside noise will become a blur and you can concentrate on your breathing and the weightlessness of your body. Just don’t do this one in the fast lane at a public session!
Aside from giving the pool a bit of a kicking, once the frustration and stress is out of your system, you can let your mind wander – the pool is a great place to concentrate on you and your thoughts, whilst still getting some exercise. I know I find myself doing 20 lengths before I know it when my mind gets pre-occupied in the pool.