With over 30 years of experience helping companies to manage human resources and organizational design, Steven M. Darien works as the chairman and CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC. Outside of his professional life, Steven M. Darien enjoys swimming.
Whether you are swimming competitively or just having fun, properly warming up will help ensure your safety, while also helping you get the most from your swim. Follow these three tips to help you prepare for your swim.
1. Use Swimming Fin s– Fins do a lot more of the work than your bare feet could, helping your arms slowly acclimate to swimming. According to the Somerset Valley YMCA’s director of swimming, Matthew Donovan, using flippers while you warm up can help prevent shoulder injury. Donovan claims he has not seen a single major shoulder injury in 13 years at the YMCA, attributing this statistic to swimmers warming up with flippers.
2. Start on Land – Before you even dip your toes in the water, consider stretching and warming up on land. Stretches and light cardio exercises such as jumping jacks or jogging help increase your blood flow, enabling you to swim more effectively and with less risk of injury.
3. Warm Up Mentally – Your body is not the only thing that benefits from a warm up. Preparing your mind for your swim helps ensure you retain any new information you learn. Mental preparation allows you to keep your head in the game, staying focused on your swim. Before you start your swim, take a moment to collect your thoughts. Breathe deeply and relax, letting go of or setting aside anything that might be distracting you.