Summer has arrived and one of the best pastimes to beat the heat is to jump head first into the pool and start swimming: but the trouble is that not everyone knows how to swim correctly to avoid shortness of breath, that’s why here we explain how to breathe when you swim.
Swimming and breathing
When swimming, it is very important to take into account hydrodynamics, that is, we must take an optimal position of our body while swimming so as not to lose speed. To achieve this position, it is not necessary to make more effort, only if you offer less resistance to the water, you will not lose as much speed.
When doing these movements, it is important to remember your breath, since if we do not breathe enough we will end up dizzy, which will cause us to not be able to continue swimming. So it is important to perform a correct movement with the whole body to breathe, then we explain how.
The first thing to breathe correctly is control the position of our head. If it is too submerged while we move forward, it will be difficult to get it out to breathe since we will have to make very forced movements.
We must have our heads above the water and be able to turn approximately 45º to the left or right. It is important to get used to breathing to the sides, since if we breathe from the front we will continually sink, while if we breathe from the side we will continue in the same direction.
It is clear that you need to keep your head afloat to breathe. But to achieve this you must do a series of movements with your body, these are:
- Stick your head to the right to breathe when your left hand and arm are stretched out in front of your head.
- Stick the head out looking to the right when the right hand is at the end of the thrust of the stroke.
Consequences of not breathing well
By not breathing properly in the water, either because we do not take in enough air or because we are uncoordinated, it is certain that there will be more than one consequence, these are the main ones:
- Lack of oxygen, which ends up causing fatigue forcing us to stop the exercise we were doing.
- Unnecessary movements They also cause a significant increase in fatigue, in addition to a strange movement that can lead to muscle injury.
- Increased drag, since we lose the hydromechanics. Causing the hips to be sunken and the feet very submerged under water.
There are many other side effects from not swimming properly and breathing properly. Therefore, from here we encourage you to learn to swim correctly to enjoy the pool as much as possible this summer.