Health Opinion

Swimming: misconceptions and true errors

Swimming is a sport that seeks almost all of our muscles. In this sense, it’s really a full year. But like any activity if not properly practiced, it becomes ineffective or even harmful. Small selection of ideas that lead to … the cons-performance.

My body does not float, it sinks. The first statement is obviously wrong. And that physics teaches us that. The “buoyancy”, remember? In water, the body seems lighter because its mass is balanced by a thrust which is low in water. That’s why we float. And even as we float better than we are in a water rich in salt and therefore more dense;

To move faster, I turn my arms faster. Well, no! This is precisely the opposite. If you want to go faster, move your arms more slowly in water, and make movements more in you “support” on your hands. These then become points of support through which the body will be propelled forward;

My arms are like oars. In a sense, this statement is not false to the extent that your arms can help you move forward. However, and unlike the oars, your arms should not be tense all the time. Pressing the shoulders and bending your elbow, you allow your hand to maintain the best possible direction in the water;

I must go out altogether head above water to breathe. In fact, you should leave the mouth, looking up – or as little as possible-turning your head. This could hold you back and cause hyper-extending your neck and your spine;

The legs are moving. It’s true … if you were swimming in the “legs only” or with the aid of fins. Swimming in a classical role of the legs is mainly to stabilize the body in the water, help you maintain your course … and to negotiate the turn at the end of the basin;

I have regularly head out of water to keep my direction. Again, this will slow you down. It is more efficient to get your bearings in the bottom of the pool or on the ceiling, as you swim on your stomach or back. To check your distance from the end of the basin, trust marks to the bottom of the pool. Do not forget that the swimming float lines change color a few meters before the wall.


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