Once you’ve learned to swim you can carry on improving your swimming stroke until you are swimming in a streamlined and efficient way. If you want to swim faster or just want to feel as though you are improving, then concentrate on your stroke technique. Strokes should look smooth without too much splashing.
1. Improve your front crawl technique
When improving your Front Crawl technique aim to keep your body position as flat as you can to be streamlined in the water with a slight slope down to the hips to keep the leg kick underwater. Try to keep your stomach flat and level to support your lower back. With eyes looking forward and down, your head should be in line with the body and the water level should come between your eyebrows and hairline.
2. Swimming in a straight line (it’s harder than it sounds!)
With so many elements to think about when swimming up and down, heading in a straight line can be a bigger feat than expected. A still, well-positioned head is the key to swimming straight. If you throw your head from side to side while swimming your body will be thrown off balance and you are likely to become quite disorientated too! Goggles are an essential piece of kit for anyone who wishes to maintain good position. With your face in the water, keep your eyes fixed on a point down and slightly forward.
A healthy diet is vital to make the most of your time in the pool and improve your figure. Just take everything in moderation – a balanced diet is a healthy diet. Aim for a good mix of fruit & vegetables, protein & carbs and good fats.
Want to feel more content, less grumpy and finally get a good night’s sleep? Then you need to be swimming. A new study by British Gas SwimBritain from Mindlab International has revealed that swimming makes you happier as well as healthier, increasing levels of sleep quality and energy levels. So take time to rest and relax after you’ve been swimming – you’ve earned it and should reap the benefits!
5. Wear the best swimming gear