My very first post on this blog was about swimming. Welcome, 2019, it couldn’t be different – let’s make a summary of my swimming habit!
Again, in my previous post I explained 8 personal reasons to love swimming. Let’s talk them in short:
- Going out – Yup, I still need that.
- Making habits – Yup, swimming as a habit is
- Listening to podcasts – Yes and no. I stopped listening to podcasts, but will probably get back to it one day. Nowadays I prefer silence (Deep Work changed me) or listening to Queen. The latter definitely falls into “listening what I like” category.
- Time to think – Yes!
- Better sleep – Hell no. See the next paragraphs why.
- Feeling progress – Not really now.
- Part of something bigger – Yes and no. The fact remains but nowadays doesn’t seem so appealing.
- Useful skill – Yes!
I used to go swimming in the evenings, right before sleep. Now I do it in the mornings, before work, 7 AM. Well, except for weekends, but even then it’s early afternoon (1-2 PM), not evening.
There were a few reasons why I changed the time for swimming:
- I read that physical activity on the evening will most likely make your sleep worse (I always had problems with sleep)
- I was looking for a way to be more awake (“less-zombie”) at work
- Evenings are for having fun, am I right? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
- My pool kept getting more and more crowded in evenings
All in all, that worked pretty well for me. Indeed, I do sleep better, and I feel fresher at work after swimming. In fact, I think my most productive days at work are when I:
- slept well a few days before
- went swimming
So that was really a gamechanger to me.
One can think: OK, but how to motivate yourself to go to the pool this early? I agree it’s much harder than in the evenings. But here’s the trick…
I started a life hack: reward myself with a cup of coffee after every swimming. It helped me make a habit and overcome laziness. (Swimming? At 7 AM? How about I go back to sleep? …oh, but a coffee afterward. Yeah, let’s go. I’m gonna love this coffee.). And I would buy that coffee the other day anyway.
Primitive but working. If you had asked me a year ago what I think about such tricks, I would have only made fun of you. And yet today I’m strongly advocating this idea and sincerely recommend it to everybody. The power of experiments, huh?
Pool attendance by quarter
Decreasing tendency, but I consider it OK, given harsh circumstances:
Difficultyof going swimming in mornings
- Injuries (I’ve got some problems recently)
- Illness (Q4 is hard, polish autumn, dude)
Total distance swum – 51,450 km
This excludes first quarter. That makes 5,71 km per month. Hell yeah. Will improve.