CREATING A GOOD MORNING ROUTINE!
5 tips for establishing a morning routine in young swimmers (Swim England, 2016)
One of the toughest parts of swimmer-life is the early morning wake-ups, and establishing a morning routine is a challenge you face as a swimming parent.
Getting your child out of bed and out of the door at the crack of dawn – especially on those cold, dark winter mornings – is an art form. You are in a fight with the temptation to roll over and go back to sleep, or to skip the all-important breakfast for a few extra minutes under a warm duvet. It’s a tough test of any swim parent’s bag of tricks.
So, here are our five top tips to help you get your young swimmer out of bed in the morning – other than simply whipping off the duvet and opening all the windows mid-winter at 4am (see 6am is a late start in the swimming world!)
1. EMBRACE EARLY NIGHTS
The importance of sleep has endless proven advantages including benefits to muscle recovery, growth, health, metabolism and performance. Encourage swimmers to record any TV programmes they might be tempted to stay up late for – or remind them of iPlayer. Also, ensure homework gets done early. It all makes it easier to stick to the early nights