Ever since you were a child, you have always loved diving in the kiddie pool and splashing salt water at the beach with your siblings. Why don’t you consider it as a hobby?
Swimming has numerous benefits, one of which would be a great way to maintain great physical and mental condition. It is a good exercise to relieve stress and improve your breathing; if you’re diagnosed with asthma, you should consider swimming to help you cope at ease with it.
If you’re a newbie checking if the pool is where your heart is, you should take the dive and find out whether or not swimming can be your new favorite sport (we bet it surely will!).
Before you jump in and go in the water, here are a few tips to help you master your new addition to your set of skills: swimming.
Don’t forget your goggles: Goggles protect our eyes from the water in order for us to see clearly in our surroundings underwater. Especially if you’re in an open water, you’ll never know when you’re close to kicking a person’s head or hit each other in the middle of a routine.
Whether you’re performing a workout, training for a race or other swimming events, learn to get used to keeping your goggles over your eyes during the whole duration of your first routine; or at least for over an hour.
Practice easy exercises: But before you that, determine your goal first. Are you training for a competition? A race? Trying the sport for the first time? Is it only for exercise?
Identify your goal then consult with experienced swimmers and coaches. You can also surf the web for easy swimming exercises, there’s a wide variety of videos, how-tos and the likes available for your viewing. Although it’s advisable to take it easy especially for beginners, take on tough challenges as well to balance your training and to improve your swimming. Move on from one routine to another of a higher intensity or depending on your needs.
Wear a swimsuit: If yoga pants is to yoga and running shoes is to running and jogging, then a competitive swimsuit is to swimming.
We’re not talking about heading to the beach to swim or swimming for leisure, right? Skip your baggy beach shorts or skimpy bikini and invest in a nice swimming gear you can use for training and competitive events. Wearing appropriate gear will let you move comfortably, perform strokes easily, learn and train new techniques without constantly adjusting your bikini top or baggy beach shorts.
Consult the experienced and experts: Since you’re a fresh fish in the water, you got to approach the experienced to know the outskirts, do’s and don’ts, must-haves, must-know techniques, what to expect, what to watch out for and the likes to better help yourself improve.
Don’t hesitate to talk to them because chances are, they have already coached or was asked for tips from previous newcomers as well.
Practice your breathing: This is important especially for the newcomers diving in the sport. You should be knowledgeable on how to exercise breathing for it will be vital when performing different strokes.
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To perform swimming strokes, you have to also develop your breathing pattern as a technique to continuously execute perfectly and comfortably each stroke. As you go on your journey, observe your improvement in breathing and how better you are now underwater.
Don’t forget to bring along your water: Just because you’re in the water doesn’t mean you don’t feel the need to ingest water.
It is essential and highly important that you keep yourself hydrated when swimming, just like how you would keep yourself hydrated when working out at the gym. Yes, it can’t be seen and felt just as much when you’re running on the treadmill but swimming also causes you to sweat. Take a sip of water in between routines to rehydrate. Hydration is a key component in training and it affects your performance and skill improvement so do take note on that.
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