Top 5 Ways to Prepare for a Swimming Competition
If you’re someone who loves to swim, that’s awesome. We say this because there are so many health benefits that come with doing it. Swimming helps to increase your muscle tone. Swimming helps to burn calories. Swimming also keeps your heart in good condition, makes you more flexible and assists in lowering your stress levels too. So, if you’re someone who swims competitively, you are definitely participating in a form of exercise that is keeping you in great shape.
But what if you have a swimming competition coming up? Are there some things that you should do to get your body into even better condition? The answer is “yes” and below, we have provided you with a list of five things that you can do to prepare for a swimming competition.
Eat a lot of carbs and proteins the night before. Although it’s not too common that you will hear that it’s a good idea to load up on carbs, when you are preparing to do something that requires you burning a lot of energy in a short amount of time, carbs can help you to do that. Just make sure that you load up on healthy ones like whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy. As far as protein, beans, nuts and chicken are three kinds that are tasty and physically beneficial.
Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep. One thing that you definitely don’t want to be the day of a swimming competition is sluggish. That’s why another thing that you should do is get plenty of rest the night before; especially if your meet is scheduled for very early in the morning. Our recommendation? Get about 7-8 hours. That way, you’ll be well rested the next day.
Have a light breakfast the next day. Being that you had a pretty big meal the night before, it’s not necessary to have a heavy breakfast. Toast, cereal, a piece of fruit, some granola or a fresh fruit smoothie are all good options. Just make sure that whatever you choose to eat, you do it no less than two hours before your competition. Eating too soon before getting into a pool could result in you feeling a bit nauseated or getting a stomach cramp and you definitely don’t want to deal with either issue during a competition.
Pack appropriately. You don’t want to get all the way to the venue only to realize that you forgot something. So, make sure that you have all that you need in your bag including your swimming gear, a few towels, some sunscreen and plenty of bottles of water. If you’re someone who likes to listen to music, bring an iPod along with you as well. The right kind of music can definitely inspire you for the competition.
Do warm-ups. Say that you went to SwimEx to purchase a pool in order to prepare for future swim meets and while looking at the ones that they have to offer, you asked a customer sales associate for a tip for preparing for a swimming competition. One of the things that they would probably tell you is that it’s important that before you start the race that you do some warm-ups. This kind of water exercise can be in the form of doing some forward lunges either outside of the pool or inside it in the shallow end or swimming a couple of laps. That will get your body ready to do some competitive swimming and with any luck, it will also help you to win too! Good luck at your swimming competition.