Once you have accomplished the skill of swimming, the next goal is to set a fitness plan.
Decide what you want to achieve. Is it general fitness and socialising? Will you be participating in water sports? Or are you looking for something a bit more challenging? Let’s have a look at these goals in a bit more detail.
If you are looking for general fitness and something social the first step is to see what clubs are in your local area. Community centres such as YMCA or other local clubs shouldn’t be difficult to find. Most will pop up in a Google search of your local area. The other alternative is to contact local government bodies to see who they have listed. Some clubs might be low key and only operate in the summer season.
For general fitness changing things from season to season prevents boredom setting in. It also stops the body from getting lazy and used to a type of exercise routine. Maybe in spring strengthen your body for summer. Summer could then be water sports. Autumn could be cycling, running or similar. Winter could be something that is doable and easy to achieve for where you live. Winter can be the most challenging depending on the climate where you live.
If water sports are your thing decide when you will participate in them. Then work an exercise routine around that. For example, rowing could mean a bit of regular stretching and light weights on the side. A bit of swimming training would work going into the season, in case you capsize. Aerobic fitness could be looked at in the off season due to fitness requirements associated with rowing.
For those wanting something more challenging Masters Games could be an option. We have an acquaintance who has been doing Masters for more than 20 years now. He has won a lot of gold medals traveling the world and made lifelong friends. He enjoys that level of challenge and has excelled in his career. For the last world Masters Games, he took his family and enjoyed a world trip with them afterwards. He tweaks his diet and exercise regime in preparation and enjoys the social aspect this sport brings to his life. He is an easy person to be around and his wife enjoys a great marriage.
To get health benefits from any sport and you are unsure, a few bases needs to be covered. One is to get checked out by a doctor that practices preventative medicine. Get their advice on what is best for you. Find a personal trainer who can put a program together for you and listens to you. The personal trainer is important for your fitness and someone you could catch up with a few times a year to set goals, if you prefer to train independently.