Best Time to Swim Laps?
What time of the day works best for swimming laps? Factors could include work schedule, pool availability, time of personal energy level peak, eating schedule, etc.
I believe its a matter of individual preference; I know some people go in the early morning before work/start of their day; Personally, I prefer going right after work.....helps me get rid of work related stress et. al. I feel great after the work out!
I always prefer to swim in the morning. I find when I do it then, I am all energized for the rest of the day.
I do sometimes swim in the mid-afternoon, too (at the Y I swim at, they have more lap times in the afternoons compared to the mornings on Sat. & Sun.), and I enjoy getting in at that time frame as well, but, I've found I've always enjoyed morning swimming more. :) :)
I like first thing in the morning to start my day. The other time is late afternoon if I can swim outside. Living in Ohio the outdoor swim option is limited. The outdoor pool is usually a little cooler then the indoor pools.
I am a first-thing-in-the-morning girl.
I would ask the lifeguards at your pool when the least busy times are. They'll know.
I love to swim in the morning. If I wake up feeling stressed about anything, I won't let myself think about it until after I swim. Once I'm finished, I feel like I can tackle anything, and I can focus on the issue much more efficiently and effectively.
I can swim whenever. I just like to swim when the pool isn't to busy. People have to sign in, so when I get to the gym and it's busy, I'll run on the treadmill and wait for the pool to free up.
I agree with everyone else, starting the day off with a good swim always gets me energized. But sometimes I'll swim in the evening, if I can't bring myself to get out of bed. :)
I find it depends on my day...sometimes I need to focus on something big happening - maybe an upcoming meeting - so a swim 1st thing in the AM will be the perfect time to put some thoughts together without distraction. Or, after an intense day, a swim just after helps to wind down and arrive home less frazzled and relaxed, a good kind of tired for a good rest.
I definitely agree about asking the lifeguards when the least busy times are! There is just something about the tranquility of the pool when not many are splashin' around with you... :)
I'm super cranky if I don't get my morning workout in. I agree with you that swimming is good for helping you have a focused day at work!