Breathing in swimming - the biggest challenge for beginners and average swimmers
Proper breathing while swimming lies in exhaling with your head in the water and learning to do it relaxed.
Many swimmers have problems with arm strokes, not knowing that the main problem in fact lies with inadequate breathing. Inadequate breathing during swimming can affect premature fatigue of the body, as well as the bad posture and therefore the proper technique of swimming. For this reason, breathing in swimming, or rather the developing of a good breathing technique, is one of the most important challenges a swimmer must overcome.
Try the following breathing exercises in Crawl swimming technique and you will be surprised, even if you feel that you are doing everything right.
During swimming, between breaths, hold your head in one position and do not turn it the way the body rotates. If you don’t do this, you will soon feel dizzy, which can affect your direction of movement and coordination. If this happens, try to concentrate and look in a straight line towards the bottom of the pool (usually at the bottom there are lines that make this easy). You should only rotate your head when inhaling. This may seem odd at first, but you will soon feel comfortable and every new arm movement will be smoother (coordination will be improved).
A good breathing technique implies that you inhale just below the small waves that you make with your head and body cutting through the water surface, like a ship or a boat. If you inhale the air at that point, you will not have the need to raise the head to breathe in and this is what swimmers sometimes refer to as breathing inside the air pocket. To do this, all you need to do is to gently rotate your head without additional raising.
A good breathing technique also implies that you look away when taking the air rather than upward. The result of looking up will again be a lack of balance. To maintain balance you should be aligned with your "leading arm" and the best head position when inhaling in the air pockets is when you have one eye above the water surface and the other below.
In case you do all this properly on one side, when you switch to breathing on both sides (bilateral swimming), you may have a problem with the other side that you have not previously been using for inhaling. Do not give up, it only takes a period of adjustment.
Proper breathing during swimming lies with exhaling with your head in the water and learning to do it relaxed. It is very important not to keep the air in the lungs, because with exhaling you prevent the creation of tension in the body and free the body and lungs of carbon dioxide (CO2). If you keep the air in the lungs your chest becomes broader and heavier and your feet sink into the water, creating an additional burden, fatigue and slowing down your body.
We hope you’ve recognized the flaws in your breathing technique, if there should be any, and that you’ve improved your swimming. If you are a beginner, start properly and immediately seek advice from an instructor. Pools as well as lakes and seas across the globe await us, be wise and head into new sports challenges.
Boating, rafting and windsurfing await us, but do not go physically unprepared. Being the most complete and the healthiest of sports, swimming unavoidably requires pre-season training.
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