6 tips for swimming lessons this winter

Whether you need to keep yourself motivated or motivate your kids, motivation is important when it comes to sticking with swimming lessons and workouts through the chilly winter months.

Whether you need to keep yourself motivated or motivate your kids, motivation is important when it comes to sticking with swimming lessons and workouts through the chilly winter months. 

After all, when it’s cold outside and you’re all bundled up, it can be difficult to want to come and strip down to your swimsuit at the aquatic centre and jump into the pool. 

However, if you stick with your routine (or keep your kids sticking to their routine!), you’ll see big benefits over the coming months. Keeping swimming practice and workouts up through the winter keeps swimmers’ skills and fitness progressing. 

So, to make things a little bit easier on the entire family, here are six tips for sticking with your swimming this winter. 

1. Keep warm with the right gear

The biggest hurdle for many swimmers during winter is overcoming that feeling that you’re just going to be cold throughout your entire swimming experience, thanks to the weather outside. However, you can take a few precautions to ensure you or your children stay toasty the whole time.

Dress in extra warm clothing on the way to your swim lesson or workout, so you’re better prepared for after swimming, when you have to make the transition from the regulated aquatic centre to the cold, outdoor air.

Maybe invest in an extra warm robe or towel for use after being in the pool. 

 

2. Stay warm with a toasty shower

Additionally, make use of the high-quality shower facilities at Melbourne Sports Centre. A steamy shower can be just the thing to raise the body temperature before heading outside.

 

3. Reward yourself 

Reward yourself or your family’s swimmer(s) with something to look forward to after every practice or workout. After all, you or they deserve it! Keeping up with a swimming routine throughout winter is no easy task!

 

4. Grab a warm bite

Maybe that reward is a toasty treat at the Sir Albert Cafe at Melbourne Sports Centres - MSAC. Whether it’s a hot chocolate, coffee or a warm snack, having that to look forward to during the entire time in the pool can make all those strokes worth it. 

 

5. Avoid wet, drippy hair

Whether you make use of the Melbourne Sports Centre shower facilities or not, one thing you want to avoid during the winter months is wet and drippy hair.

There’s nothing quite so bone-chilling as going out in the cold with a wet head! Invest in a swim cap or, if you do use the Melbourne Sports Centre shower facilities, dry that hair before you leave. You’ll definitely be glad you spent the extra five or 10 minutes doing so.

 

6. Stick to a schedule

And, possibly most importantly, stick to a schedule. Both children and adults benefit from activity at the same time on the same days. You might just find having a schedule ensures you start looking forward to swimming the same times every week!