“ According to a survey into the nation's exercise habits (for the National Lottery Good Causes) 10% of women swim regularly compared to 7% of men."
Women are more likely than men to go swimming for regular exercise.
According to a survey into the nation's exercise habits (for the National Lottery Good Causes) 10% of women swim regularly compared to 7% of men.
But what percentage of these women who swim for regular exercise swim breaststroke with the head held out of the water, not knowing how to let the water support them or how to breathe out under the water?
Head up breaststroke puts a lot of strain on the neck and back and makes relaxed breathing impossible. It may do more harm than good. In the UK, a lot of women swim like this.
If you swim for exercise but don't get your hair wet, here are 6 reasons why it's not a good idea:
1. You can't breathe well because your neck is constricted.
2. You're risking neck and back problems. Imagine walking around for 20 minutes looking right up at the ceiling. This is the sort of position your head is in when swimming head up breaststroke.
3. You don't float with your head up so you need to keep your arms and legs moving all the time, making the stroke inefficient.
4. You're missing out on the real joys of swimming - when you immerse, you enter a new world and can experience the complete support of the water. You can slow down and learn to breathe out naturally.
5. You're a one trick pony, with only one way of swimming, which makes you less confident and less safe in deep water.
6. You can't see the fish when you swim on holiday.
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“In these posts we want to encourage anyone who'd like things to be easier in the water. You may be a non-swimmer struggling to trust the water, an improver trying to understand how the strokes work, a recreational or fitness swimmer who tires easily, perhaps with aches and pains, or a swimming teacher looking for a different approach. Two questions running through this blog are: What is it about being in water that makes us happy and benefits our health? Where does our focus need to be, to enjoy these benefits?
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