It's just over two weeks into 2017 and we're late to the party on posting what the year ahead looks like for MySwim. The problem has been we didn't want to create lofty resolutions that we wouldn't keep. We wanted to set goals. We wanted to make sure we had a game plan in place to reach those goals. Just like when we work with our athletes. We've come up with several goals that we think are going to push the growth of the MySwim program and help us become the premier online swim training program.
Swimming can be one of the most enjoyable ways to relax and get in shape, but over half the world can't swim. This is a staggering amount of people considering over half the world is water. In 2015, there was 3, 536 drownings reported in the United States. There is just no reason for this. Learning to swim is not governed by the lack of resources to the sport. For many, it's one big factor that holds them back from learning how to swim; their fear of water. Sometimes people don't even realize it, but then they try to learn the breathing or head into the deep end of the pool and begin to panic.
Learning to be a balanced swimmer can be a lifelong task. Balance will not only help you in the water but help you build stability and strength outside of the water as well. Having great Freestyle is based on a solid body line, but sometimes swimmers mask their instabilities in the water by using their arms or legs to support them.
Swimming is a fantastic sport for people who suffer from injuries like knee pain and back problems. It's one of the few sports that don't require significant strain on your various muscle groups or joints. It's one you can do well into your golden years. But what do you do when swimming caused your injury? Some swimmers believe they need to stop swimming due to injuries, but this isn't true. Even with shoulder problems or issues with legs, ankles or back, you can modify your workouts to fit. This will benefit you in the long run because you will stay fit, continue to have good feel of the water and actually help reduce your recovery time.
There are two main things that swimmers should be focusing on every time they hit the water. The first is decrease our resistance in the water and secondly, increase our propulsion. Decreasing resistance is a major key to improvement. There are several forms of resistances we should be striving to eliminate from our swimming.
Learning how to pace medium to longer swims can be quite a difficult process. You need to have the perfect combination of distance per stroke and speed. Some swimmers can just naturally find that steady momentum throughout their entire swim. The rest of us have to learn how to control our speed while maintaining a solid stroke rate properly for an extended length of time.
At MySwim, we are striving to help as many swimmers as we possibly can around the world. That is why today, we decided to launch our community network. It is a safe place for swimmers, coaches, teams and triathletes to connect and ask questions. Our team will answer as many questions as we can, but it also allows you, the passionate swimmer, to share your knowledge as well.
I was recently asked about the overall fitness benefits of swimming in compared to other activities or sports. This got me thinking. I know what the benefits are of swimming. I see them every day in my physical and mental health, but there isn't a lot of information available to people outside of the competitive swimming circuit who know about these benefits. I want to share a few of the other reasons why you should get into the pool and start swimming.
You've put in hours and hours of training to prepare your body for a big competition. This only gets you partially ready though. You can be in the best physical shape but if your mental game is off. There are ways of being as mentally prepared as your physical body. In fact, there are five ways that used to help me during my swimming days and ones I recommend to all my swimmers.