I had my final swimming lesson last night.
I can swim! If you know any adults who can *kind of* swim please encourage them to take a block of adult lessons. It is amazing how some small pointers on technique can make a BIG difference!
In my case, I could get from A to B, but it looked horrendous and took way more effort in the wrong places than it should. Rather than using a good swimming technique to move through the water, I was relying on strength and ploughing my way through. I looked uncomfortable, unrelaxed and incredibly undignified.
I’m not saying that now I’m the worlds best swimmer, but I have learned how to execute the strokes properly, which in turn helps me relax more in the water. I know the areas that I need to work on more for maximum effect, and I will enjoy practising.
Swimming for fitness
Now that I’m a better swimmer, I feel confident that I can incorporate a swimming workout into my routine. Why would I want to?
Swimming is good for your:
- Core Strength and stability
Basically: It’s a good all-rounder!
Swimming is a good form of exercise that alleviates pressure on your joints while still giving you a full work out, both cardio and toning. I’m happy to add this in to my weekly workout as it is a welcome break from running.
I’m going to try Swimming Drills. Not sure what yet, but something like:
– 2 x warm up lengths
– 4 x Breast Stroke
– 4 x Front Crawl
– 2 x frog kick with flotation aid and no arms
– 1 x 1 arm front crawl with flotation aid
– 1 x other arm front crawl with flotation aid
– 4 x breast stroke
– 4 x front crawl
And after that a well deserved 15 minutes in the SAUNA! It wont be long before I can up the ante and increase the number of lengths.
After my lesson last week I highlighted how I have to consciously think to bring all of the elements of swimming together. Last night I completed a few lengths of breast stroke and it all came together nicely.
My breathing was in synch, it was all working.
I really enjoyed it. I felt serene, and enjoyed being in the water. It was *almost* like meditating for a few moments.
AND… I didnt get cramp once!