Swimming is a usual activity for people nowadays, most person love to go to the beach, swimming pools, lakes and water parks. Swimmers often want to learn how to swim fast and more efficiently. Some of them train hard to be faster and to increase their stamina. But here in this discussion we will tackle some guidelines and tips on how to swim faster and more efficiently. Swimming fast is very important for swimmers who compete in a competition.
Here are some steps that will help you improve your techniques and help you swim fast and more efficiently.
Wear a drag suit. Use any old or worn out swimsuit that you have and wear it over your regular swimsuit. This will help you increase your drag when swimming. While doing this you will decrease your lap time by a number of seconds, and while you are getting used to it you will notice that you are increasing your speed slightly than usual after removing the drag suit.
Take slower and firmer strokes while doing your laps. Quick and more whipping strokes will not make you go faster, but it will wear you out faster. The speed rates for this is determined on how many stokes you take in a specific amount of time, and how much distance you travel per stroke. Basically, you need to maximize your travel distance each strokes.
Find the center of buoyancy on your body. Basically the center of buoyancy is located in the chest, so swimmers notice that if they push their chests down in the water while swimming, the more swimming resistance they would have. It is because the more you push your chest down into the water the more your hips will come up towards the surface of the water, making it easier to push the body with the legs.
Simplify your body. When swimming, pause between strokes with one arm extended in front and your other arm beside the body. This technique will help you move smoothly in the water without difficulty.
Turn your body form side to side. This is applicable to freestyle and backstroke. While you reach forward with your arm push the other arm back, turn over to the side with the arm beside your body and take a breath. (Note: do not pull you head up in the surface of the water to take a breath as this will take your energy out and toss off your buoyancy). Change sides after 3-5 strokes, this will help avoid neck and back muscle injuries.
Try to use a kick board. This will help you build your leg muscles. Keep your face in the water and extend your hands while holding the kick board. Lean your chest downward so you can find your body’s buoyancy.
Try to practice these steps every time you swim. This will help you to improve your techniques and help you swim fast and efficiently.
Below are tips and warnings on swimming:
- Use a leg floatation device. This will help you strengthen your arms and develop better stroking techniques.
- Use a kick board. This will help you promote leg muscles and develop a good leg form.
- Do not swim in murky and dark water areas. This is not safe and you could be entangled with something that you can’t see below.
- Don’t swim if you’re not feeling well. This will induce injuries and more complications to yourself.
- Don’t swim unaccompanied. This will prevent disasters from happening. Be sure that there’s a lifeguard in sight.
Considering these tips will reduce injuries in the water and help you to be a better swimmer.