1. Swimming Laps
Swimming is good for the soul as well as for the body. Water has always been a soothing element and is used in meditation to help achieve a fully relaxed state of mind.
2. Low Impact
For the body, swimming is an excellent way to exercise with low impact to your joints. An vigorous 30 minute swim builds endurance and improves your overall fitness.
Goggles are more important for a good workout than you swim suit. They protect your eyes from the irritation caused by chlorine in the water. If your eyes are burning after a swim, then you felt the effect of chlorine on your eyes. Rather than removing the goggles when you step out of the pool, leave them on. If you need to clear the cloudiness from the goggles, break the seal between the goggle and your skin to let some cooler water in, drain and reset the goggles.
When you’re freestyle swimming, be sure to exhale your breaths into the water. You can practice this exercise before swimming by taking a breath and then (with your face in the water), strongly exhale. Do this several times and it will become more natural for you when swimming.
5. Get A Partner
It’s always a good idea to have an experienced swimming partner beside you when swimming. Your partner can help you by pointing out what you’re doing wrong or tell you when you’re getting it right and it’s time to progress to something else.
6. Swim Fins
If you’re a beginner swimmer, you’ll be amazed at how learning to use swim fins can help propel you through the water. Swimming fins, or flippers, are usually more lightweight and much more flexible than diving fins. They’re especially good to keep your ankles flexible and to use when you’re cooling down or warming up.
7. Swimming Strength
Building a strong and stable core helps you move through the water almost effortlessly and in a straight line. Outside of the pool, you’ll want to visit the gym for core workouts as well as to improve your posture.
Use a kickboard to learn how to kick from the hips rather than relying on your knees to propel yourself through the water. Practice kicking from the hips by lying on one side with your ear resting on your extended arm holding the kickboard.
9. Mental Preparation
Even though you may never be an Olympic champion, always prepare mentally for an excellent workout. A period of meditation or simply some slow and fluid exercise movements can do wonders for your performance in the water.
10. Ear Plugs
It’s especially beneficial to use silicon ear plugs for training in cold water. You’ll find that using ear plugs can prevent irritation inside the ear, as well as fend off ear infections.
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