3 Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution of Learning to Swim

We all know how it works: as we are approaching the end of the year, we think about all the things we wanted to achieve but didn’t, and all the things we really plan to do next year. However, this „new year, new me” has become pretty mainstream, and not many of us stick to it for more than a few weeks. Just because a new year is starting, it doesn’t mean that the hard work is not our responsibility, and we shouldn’t necessarily wait for a year to end in order to pick up a new hobby or for instance, attend private swimming lessons in London.

 

Taking the time to actually do some exercise is not always easy. We have a job, we have a family, and at the end of the day we are too tired to do additional activities. However, once you take the first step, things become easier and easier. Swimming has several benefits both to the mind and body, so it’s one of the best activities you could have chosen for this year’s challenge.

 

But how can you actually stick to getting to the pool more often? What should you do when you don’t feel like doing anything after a hard day of work?

  1. Understand the WHY!

There’s surely a reason why you felt at some point in your life that you should finally learn to swim and get some exercise. The reason for it could be many: getting in shape, conquering fear of water, helping your back pain, or simply because you want something fulfilling. Every time you feel like you can’t attend your swimming lesson, remember WHY you made this New Year’s resolution and what benefits will come with this. If time is an issue, you can simply opt for private swimming lessons in London. If you have your own pool, the swimming coach can come to your place and you won’t have to worry about getting to the public pool in time or wasting precious minutes in traffic.

 

  1. Don’t overdo it – take one step at a time!

Sure, it sounds good to do some exercise every day of the week, but you’re only human, and if you’re pushing your limits, you may end up overwhelmed. This feeling can easily lead to giving up on your resolution, which is perfectly understandable. Start small, and gradually work on your routine. If you are lucky to find a personal swim coach, it will be easier to work together on a schedule that works for both of you. 

 

  1. Make swimming a habit!

Your life is already the sum of various habits, which you repeat day by day. You get up, have breakfast, go to work, take a break, watch a movie in the evening, and so on. These activities have become your habits, so you don’t really think of them as chores sometimes. If you want to improve yourself, you’ll need to make swimming a habit as well. But how? James Clear talks about the four stages of habit: „The process of building a habit can be divided into four simple steps: cue, craving, response, and reward.Breaking it down into these fundamental parts can help us understand what a habit is, how it works, and how to improve it.” 

 

He also mentions that, in order to create a good habit, you have to make it obvious, attractive, easy, and of course, satisfying. Adam from Going Swimmingly London will help you all the way, if you decide that this year you’ll learn to swim or further develop your techniques.

 

New Year’s resolutions are not easy to keep, but if you remember the above-mentioned tips, you’ll be one step closer to success. If you’re specifically interested in private swimming lessons in London and its area, do not hesitate to contact Adam and talk about your options!