Swimming is a fascinating sport and in the collective imagination the activity of well-being.
Every doctor would recommend swimming (except in sporadic cases where it is contraindicated for particular physical problems) because it stretches the muscles, exercises and helps with posture, it is a sporting activity that does not stress tendons and joints.
Furthermore, something not to be underestimated, in dangerous situations in the aquatic environment knowing how to swim can save your life or, without being too tragic, allow you to face unexpected difficulties with tranquility and serenity.
Oh, I forgot: knowing how to swim allows you to fully enjoy the fun during your beach holiday!
Are you a mountain lover? Well, a nice dip and a few strokes in an alpine lake after a long walk through woods, peaks and meadows, regenerates body and mind and refreshes your ideas!
Learning to swim as an adult, like everything else, requires commitment and determination: but difficult doesn’t mean impossible!
And so I want to give you 5 simple tips to help you on your path.
- Before learning to move and move in the water, you must learn to float: experience static floatation both belly up and belly down, patiently searching for the optimal position of the body that allows the water to “support” you through the Thrust of Archimedes. If a corpse floats, surely you can too !!
- Learn to go to the bottom and to stay at the bottom: practice in the pool, where the water is not too deep, in complete safety. You will immediately realize that it is much more difficult to sink than to stay on the surface: the water tends to push you upwards without you doing anything, as already mentioned in the previous point. Through this exercise, you will gain confidence and eliminate some unconscious fears towards deep water, which make the learning process slower and more difficult. You will experience that it is natural to float, not sink!
- Learn to breathe in water: yes, I know you don’t have gills! Practice inhaling air at the surface and completely emptying your lungs underwater, expelling the air both through your nose and through your mouth. One of the main problems and difficulties encountered in swimming, even for athletes with good swimming technique and a good level of training, is the breathlessness generated by incorrect breathing; the unconscious fear of being out of breath leads to inhaling continuously and in an excited, compulsive way, without completely emptying the lungs through underwater exhalation. This practice does nothing but increases the level of carbon dioxide in the blood: the brain reacts by generating the sensation of breathlessness and hunger for air,
- Practice staying underwater with your mouth wide open and your neck and face muscles relaxed; you will immediately understand that water cannot enter the mouth by itself. This exercise will give you additional confidence in immersing your head under the surface of the water, and awareness that while swimming it is very difficult to “drink”, except during the inhalation phase on the surface.
- When swimming freestyle, concentrate on keeping your head completely immersed in the water; your body will consequently assume a more relaxed and horizontal posture, facilitating floating. Furthermore, a body completely immersed in a fluid generates less resistance to movement, which means swimming with less fatigue and greater “sliding”.