Not Just a Summer Sport – How to Get Your Swim On during the Winter Season

Swimming is often considered a warm weather sport, something best done during the summer, and a great way to refresh yourself after spending time under the sun’s heat. For serious swimmers, or those who just really love it, the prospect of taking the winter season off of swimming might prompt protestations. The good news is that there are a few different ways you can still enjoy swimming during the winter season.

Heated Pools

Just as jumping into a nice, cool pool during a hot summer day can be wonderfully refreshing, hopping into a heated pool on a cold day can also be a very enjoyable experience. Technology has made it possible to heat pools with things like solar covers, windproof pool enclosures, and heat pumps. Most people will find that pools that are heated to temperatures between 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit are comfortably warm.

Indoor Pools

It’s easy to enjoy swimming during any time of the year with an indoor pool. For most people, that will mean visiting a swimming center or rec center with an indoor pool, as indoor pools are less common on residential properties. Rec centers often offer discounts on memberships to local residents. You can also always enjoy swim lessons here at SwimJim any time of the year in our deliciously warm indoor pools.

Cold Water Swimming

Anyone who is feeling particularly brave may consider giving cold water swimming a try. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Still, some people find it incredibly invigorating and actually really enjoy it. If you choose to go cold water swimming, make sure you do so safely. Start slow – don’t just jump in right away. Pay close attention to your breathing and how your body feels. You’ll need to keep moving to stay warm, which can also be helped by using wetsuits and gear designed for cold water use. It’s generally best to stick to only swimming for a minute or two in cold water, especially if you’re outside. Warm up with a hot drink and warm clothes when you’re done.

You don’t have to stop swimming just because the weather’s turned colder. Whether you choose to take advantage of heated pools, indoor pools, or brace yourself for some cold water swimming, there are options available to those who want to swim no matter what time of year it is. Now you can enjoy the benefits of swimming all year long.

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