2020 has been a year of uncertainty for people all over the world, and swimming is no exception. The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in lockdowns in March and April that limited or completely took away pool access for many swimmers across the globe, and it’s looking like more lockdowns are coming.
Countries like France, Germany and the United Kingdom have announced increasing restrictions and lockdowns to help slow the spread of the pandemic. This most likely means no more restaurants, movie theaters and social gatherings, and unfortunately also means pools and gyms have to close their doors.
This shouldn’t be that much of a surprise at this point, but it’s still disappointing. Swimming is the only reliable form of physical activity for many people, and it’s crushing to think that they will be out of the water for months at a time.
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Of course, these lockdowns are for the greater good and help reduce the rate of transmission, lessening the impact on the healthcare system.
You may be thinking: If my pool shuts down, what can I do about it? What workouts can I do instead? You’ve come to the right place!
What You Can Do
If your pools have been shut down like they just were in the United Kingdom, it’s important for you to take action so they don’t stay closed forever.
In a recent statement, Swim England Chief Executive Jane Nickerson said that the Prime Minister’s latest coronavirus announcement was certainly inevitable, and that she hopes the lockdown measures cause Covid-19 cases to fall.
Nickerson went on to say that there needs to be clarification on the types of pools and leisure centers affected. She encouraged swimmers to sign petitions to open leisure centers.
If you’re upset that pools are closed, you’re not alone. Make your voice heard by signing Swim England’s #OpenOurPools petition. >
How to Work Out Without a Pool
If you’re looking for a way to stay in shape during your quarantine, give dryland training a try!
The MySwimPro app has training programs and daily workouts for swimmers that you can do at home with or without equipment. You can even build your own workouts from our library of almost 200 exercises!
Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced swimmer, our dryland workouts are a fantastic way to stay in shape and on track toward your swimming goals. Try the app free for 30 days >
Depending on where you live and the rate of community spread of the infection, you may or may not experience any shutdowns. We recommend staying up to date with your local government’s regulations and doing everything you can to stay safe, healthy and socially distant.
Join the MySwimPro Global Community Facebook group for extra accountability and support. We’re all in this together!