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How to Get Back Into Swimming

QUESTION:

Hello,  I am writing to you because I want to know is it possible for me to get fit and swim again.

I used to compete a lot with schools and swim everyday, but I have had a baby and haven’t swam for over a year and a half.  I really enjoy swimming but I have put on weight, is there any advice you can give me?

What can I do to get back into the pool and get my fitness level back to where it was? Is there a diet I can do? Please help me.

Thank you, Sarah

ANSWER:

Hi Sarah,

Yes, it is possible for you to get fit and swim again.  It will take some time and commitment on your behalf and is definetely achievable.

The key is to start and then continue to build over time.  You can start by swimming just 3 times a week for 30 min aiming to do 800m to 1km in that time.  You could complement this by going for a 30min walk every other day and this will also improve your fitness and help you to drop some weight.

If you did this excercise routine for 3 weeks, you could then increase the swims and walks to 45min for 3 weeks and then to 1 hour a day from then onwards.

If you combine this with a healthy eating plan, you will feel fitter, drop some weight and feel healthier in a short period of time.

For nutrition advice, I have co-produced a popular eBook called www.NutritionForSwimmers.com that I would recommend you reading.  Depending on your circumstances you may wish to consult a nutitionist too.

Please let me know how you go.

Regards

Gary

The Swimming Expert



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