A recent BBC survey highlighted that 48 percent of adults said that they had put on weight during lockdown.
One of the biggest complaints of the most recent lockdown was that gyms, swimming pools and leisure facilities had to close when many people relied on these facilities to manage their physical and mental wellbeing. Thankfully, our swimming pools will remain open now, even during Tier 3 restrictions.
As swimming is one of the best forms of a cardio workout, why not switch your routine to the pool and give swimming a try as you aim to lose those extra pounds gained during lockdown. Even if you are finding life tougher right now, swimming has been proven to have many mental health benefits above many other sports.
Preparing your mind to start swimming and lessons again!
It is important not to beat yourself up about any weight gain but accept that we have all been through strange times and now it is time to be kind to yourself and your body. Stressing about your weight gain will increase cortisol in your body (stress hormone) which in turn stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism. The bodies’ hormonal system checks this stress and promotes weight gain to counteract this stress.
Strictly Swimming London coaches can help you develop a plan of getting back into the water and quitting this stress. We will look at helping you become healthier rather than thinner when you are in the swimming pool, and this will lead to greater weight loss.
Training and Lessons
Whether you want to develop your freestyle stroke, start your journey into competing in your first triathlon, or simply develop your swimming training to become fitter and faster in the pool, your lockdown weight gain can become a thing of the past.
Our swimming pools are luxury private health clubs which means that the swimming pools are exceptionally quiet. Many of our beginner clients prefer a quiet learning environment. Many of our triathlete clients prefer a quiet space whilst they concentrate on fine tuning their swimming strokes. And many of our clients have built up their confidence in these quiet pools whilst they burn off that unwanted weight gain.
Book a lesson
We can tailor any swimming lesson to your specific individual needs. Strictly Swimming London coaches will help you back to your full self.
To book a private lesson, please click the Book Online button on all of our webpages and register your details and availability for your swimming lesson.
Practically everyone would agree that there is something therapeutic about being in or being around water. Even if you are a non-swimmer or have a phobia of water, just being calm and peaceful around water is relaxing for the majority of people. Getting out of the bustling towns and cities and walking along a beach can be hugely helpful for your mental wellbeing. We all know that feeling of swimming underwater and being in another world. It’s no wonder swimming can put you into an ideal mental space.
This effect is equally shown around swimming pools. Swimming for relaxation, leisure or hard training has mental health benefits up and above many other sports. Increased self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity.
And as a form of physical activity, swimming is hard to beat!
Scientific Research on the Mental Health Benefits from Swimming
If you want a challenge and boost your swim training, maybe its time to take advantage of our adult swimming lessons with one of our London coaches. Let our Strictly Swimming London coaches develop your swimming to such a level that you can literally ‘drown’ out all those unwanted thoughts and stresses of your London life. Many swimmers voice that a swimming workout seems to eliminate a bad mood much more efficiently than running, so the time has come to take the plunge once the Covid-19 pandemic slows down and life returns to normal.
Do you like the idea of tracking your swimming in real time? Would you like to see your swimming statistics during or after a workout or lesson? Well the newly designed AR googles (Augmented Reality) that have recently landed on the market will provide your stats during every workout and take your training to the next level.
Augmented reality swimming goggles have been designed to help swimmers track their swim times, distances completed and lap splits (to the hundredth of a second) during any swimming workout. This data will also help your coach and teacher to monitor your performance. These goggles can offer you and your Strictly Swimming London coach immediate feedback when in the pool and we can analyse your data during your lesson.
The sport of swimming has lacked behind other sports such as cycling and running in recent times (who have various gadgets at their disposal to monitor their stats for some time now). Whereas swimmers (during training and lessons) haven’t had gadgets to hand where they can use them in the water to record split times swum and monitor distances that have been achieved.
Such an invention is exciting for the sport of swimming which remains the number one participation sport in the UK with over 2.5 million people swimming in pools each week, according to figures from Sport England recently. This figure increases more if you include open water swimming.
There have been various smartwatches on the market for a while with limited functions. The Apple Watches Series 2 and beyond will calculate how many laps that you've swum or the stroke you've performed. Waterproof MP3 players and SwiMP3 players have provided underwater music. However, that’s really been about the level of functions available until now. These new goggle companies are claiming that they will revolutionize the way swimmers train.
Types of AR Swimming Goggles
The Form Goggles display metrics that you need to see in the moment which allow you to take control of your swimming during training and lessons. Developed in collaboration with top competitive swimmers, these goggles allow you to monitor split times, interval times, rest times, total time swum, stroke rate, stroke count, distance per stroke, pace per 100, pace per 50, distance, length count and calories burned (which is impressive).
The smart display is see through and is built right into the goggles lens, delivering metrics without obstructing your vision https://www.formswim.com/
The FORM Swim Goggles intelligently detect turns and rest—and give you relevant metrics each step of the way. They even allow you to customise your display and review your stats via their App.
SwimAR is a holographic display for swimmers by attaching a lightweight, hydrodynamic and waterproof module to a regular pair of swimming goggles. This device includes an added extra GPS system for finding your way in open water.
This module can be attached to various goggle styles with flexible straps.
If you want to compare your personal bests through your swim training and lessons, then investing in some Augmented Reality goggles is definitely for you! These state-of-the-art swimming goggles will allow you to adjust your stroke to the pace you need, increase your stroke length if you are starting to shorten through your workout and also allow you to stop guessing your pace. For those swimmers with poor eyesight who cannot see the pace clock on the poolside, then these goggles will be ground-breaking. Using AR goggles seems to eliminate pausing to check your lap times during your workout.
The downfalls are that AR goggles are really meant for serious swimmers and secondly they seem not to be able to monitor kick sets at the moment (although we think the positives hugely out way the negatives).
Be careful if you are swimming competitively as these goggles are designed to be used during training but not at a swim meet as they are not FINA approved (yet)!
If you would like to use these goggles during your lesson with our London coaches, we will be able to analyse your stats and offer instant feedback on your split times and intensity performed during your swimming set.
The Strictly Swimming London team are excited to see these new AR goggles (even though they are pricey) and really believe that they will be massively motivational to swimmers all over the world.
There are so many brands of swimming goggles on the market nowadays, with a varying price range, but the best goggles are simply those that fit correctly and feel comfortable and stable on your face. You need to feel happy and confident that they will stay in place when swimming at your top speed.
Many of the Strictly Swimming London coaching team have a high-level competitive swimming background and all will tell you how they had a favourite pair of goggles or ‘lucky goggles’ they felt helped them when racing (many of these goggles being the lowest price). So despite the price of the goggles you are trying on, always opt for those that fit the best and make your feel confident that they won’t bug you during your lessons, workouts and races.
Getting the best fit with your swimming goggles
Try on a few pair of swimming goggles to find a fit that suits you best. For some, children’s goggles may fit better than adult goggles. Hold the goggles to your face (without using the strap) and if you feel suction and they stay in place briefly, then they are most likely to be a good fit as you can feel a tight seal. If they fall off immediately, they won’t be a good fit and will hinder your swimming lessons and workouts. The main areas to check out when trying on a new pair of goggles are:
Eye seal – After trying various pairs, opt for goggles that fit your eye socket size. With a good fitting pair of swimming goggles, you should feel even pressure around the eye sockets and seals the eyes well. Look at all eye socket types for men, women, all adults and even children’s goggles.
Straps - The straps are used to keep your goggles in place but not to provide the seal. The strap should not be tightened so much that it makes the goggle uncomfortable and creates marks around your eyes, because it is too tight. When wearing a goggle with two straps, place the lower strap about eye level at the back of your head and position the other strap a couple of inches higher. This provides a secure fit and will help to prevent your goggles leaking or falling off when you dive into the water.
Nose bridge – many goggles nowadays have an adjustable nose bridge to allow swimmers to personalise the fit and mould it to fit your face. Find a pair of goggles with a nose bridge that can be tightened or loosened to fit the with of your nose (without it affecting the placement of each goggle on your eye sockets).
Pool Swimming or Open Water Swimming?
If you are swimming in the sea or in open water, it is recommended that you opt for polarized swimming goggles. It is also important to find a pair of goggles which allow optimum peripheral vision when swimming in open water due to reduced visibility in unclear water.
A wide medium to large frame will maximize your field of view in the open water, allowing you to ‘sight’ better when swimming in rough water.
Swimming Goggles for Triathlon
Whether you are contending with the glare of the sun, murky water or cloudy skies, it is worth spending some time thinking about your needs before you buy some goggles for your triathlon swim leg.
Adult triathletes who opt for a full open-water mask will experience greater drag than a pair of small racing goggles. That may be true, but a small pair of goggles wouldn’t stand up well to a kick in the face at the start of a triathlon. A full wrap-around goggle is a common choice for open-water swimmers and triathletes, and there are definite benefits associated with the greater peripheral vision and more even distribution of pressure around the eyes through long swims.
Goggles Keep Steaming Up
Goggles fog up because warm, wet air, usually created from your body heat, condenses on the cooler-than-air lenses. However, if your goggles feature an anti-fog coating and still steam up, it could be their age. In some cases, with regular usage, goggles can out-live their anti-fog coating, depending on the method used to apply it during manufacture. If yours are fogging up and are old or well-used, it might be time to consider investing in a new pair. Avoid rubbing the lenses or touching them during your lessons and workouts, as this will start to remove the coating.
Taking Care of Your Goggles
Goggle maintenance is not an exact science but by following our hints and tips you should prolong the life of your goggles. All you need to do is wash the chlorinated water off your goggles after your lesson in warm water, air dry them rather than wiping them with a towel and store them carefully to avoid scratching the lenses.
Paul started competing in swimming from the age of 8 and eventually went on to represent his country all over the world. During his time at University, Paul specialised in Aquatics and the Biomechanics of Swimming and produced numerous theses on swimming performance.