“ Everyone who swims would benefit from getting into a quiet pool and working on gliding for half an hour. But we don't tend to do it. We feel we should be swimming."
Everyone who swims would benefit from getting into a quiet pool and working on gliding for half an hour. But we don't tend to do it. We feel we should be swimming.
One thing the glide can teach us is quietness, in our neck, head and back. Do we disturb the water when we move through it? Or are we like a fish, almost part of the water, that no one knows is there?
Sometimes when we start adding movements to a glide, it muddies the water. Can we introduce movements of our limbs without upsetting either the water or our own equilibrium?When you've got a nice glide going, add some front crawl kick or sweep your arms to your sides, without changing anything in your neck/ head/ back. Go as far as you can towards swimming, without necessarily, always, swimming.
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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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