Why I’m swimming once a week (and why you should too)

I’m not the best swimmer in the world… I swim slow, but steady.
Since a couple of weeks I try to swim at least once a week. This can be after work or in the morning before work. I do have to say that I actually prefer those early morning swims. I love the feeling it gives me during the rest of the day and the pool is not busy at all.


Above all this, it will actually help me with my running. Here are seven reasons why:

  1. It uses the muscles in your body. It helps you build core strength and as we all know, core strength is super important for us runners!
  2. It’s a good low impact training. It gives your body a break from running while not forgetting daily training sessions. This will also prevent injuries.
  3. It’s good for injury rehabilitation. If you do get injured (which most runners will experience at least once), swimming is a good way to keep doing cardio, but not have the high impact that running does. It can be frustrating to be limited to the pool, trust me, I’ve been there. But it certainly beats doing nothing at all!
  4. Swimming helps to flush the toxins that are build up in your body after an intense or long run. It will prevent your body from feeling sore. After an intense interval or a long run I love going for a swim, it makes my whole body feel so much better.
  5. It gives you a relaxed feeling. Every time I bike home from the pool my body and mind feel tired and relaxed at the same time. I love this feeling!
  6. It improves your physiological efficiency on land. Which again will make you a… better run, exactly!
  7. It improves flexibility. As well all know, runners in general are not the most flexible people… Swimming mostly improves the flexibility in the ankles and the shoulders and that increased flexibility in the ankles will lead to improved running mechanics.

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I’ve been doing this for about 10 weeks consistently now and I have to say, my running has never gone better. I’m hitting paces I never thought I could run consistently, breaking PR’s and just feeling strong in general…
Not sure if this is all thanks to these swims, but I’m convinced that in the long run it will help me improve even more…

 

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