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Swim Further, Better, Easier, Tips For You Who Struggle

Swim Further, Better Freestyle with These Tips For You Who Struggle

You can swim further, better and easier even if you are struggling with your stroke. there are a lot of things you can do to improve your freestyle that is easy to implement and with help you with a more relaxed and effective stroke.

picture of a relaxed man swimming freestyle his lane in the pool.
Relaxed Man Swimming Freestyle
  • Swimming Can Be Therapeutic Set Limits

  • Swimming can be therapeutic but you should set a limit, particularly if you are learning something new, on the amount of time you spend in practice each day. 30-45 minutes is enough for a session. Doing too much will result in discouragement.

  • Use your arms to lengthen your body

  • Whatever stroke you are doing, when your hand enters the water you should relax your shoulder and stretch your arm out as far as it can go before you continue the rest of your stroke. This will allow you to go further with less effort. good rotation will help with this.

    Hang (relax) your head in the water in such a way as to align it with your spine. That is your head and body should be a straight line ----------

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  • Finish Of Your Stroke

  • The finish of your stroke should be as it enters the water not as it exists. That is your hands should exit the water at your hip or lower but that is not the end of your stroke. The end of your stroke is when it enters the water. That way there is no pause in your stroke until it is supposed to be, in the glide of your stroke.

  • Your Kick

  • Use your kick to control your body, such as help with your rotation don't depend on it to propel you in the water.

  • Stroke More Quietly

  • Do your stroke more quietly. You don't need to rush swimming. In fact, the more you rush the less efficient you are. Stroke more quietly and get it right don't get it fast. If you are getting exhausted sooner than you would like you are probably going too fast or making too much noise (i.e. splashing too much). Don't rush and concentrate on being quieter in the water.

  • Balance Is A Keystone Of Swimming

  • Balance is a keystone of swimming. To raise your feet, try pressing your chest into the water to raise your legs. Put your arms at your sides, kick gently and lean on your chest a little. By leaning on your chest you are pushing the part of your body the is full of air into the water like a beach ball and just leaning on a beach ball in the water raises another part of your body in the water so pressing down on your chest helps to raise your legs.

When practising keep your mind on what you are doing don't let yourself get distracted by concentrating on your frustration or anxiety or any other emotion. Mistakes are a legitimate way of learning. The harder things become the calmer you must be. The best exercise for calmness is correct breathing but you can't breathe in the water so the next method is to concentrate on the task at hand and don't let yourself get distracted by emotions.


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