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Tips for Swimming Longer Distances

Swimming is among the most relaxing exercises one can do. Whether you are swimming as a hobby, exercise routine, or as a career, there is a need to improve your skill, and one of those ways is by swimming longer distances. Here are some tips that will help you swim longer. LEARN THE BREATHING TECHNIQUES Breathing techniques […]

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3 Tips for Swimming Longer Distances - Scott Cathcart

Swimming is among the most relaxing exercises one can do. Whether you are swimming as a hobby, exercise routine, or as a career, there is a need to improve your skill, and one of those ways is by swimming longer distances. Here are some tips that will help you swim longer.

LEARN THE BREATHING TECHNIQUES

Breathing techniques are among some of the essential tips for long distance swimming. It helps you balance in the water, creates buoyancy, and enables you to move efficiently. Learning how to inhale and exhale in water is a vital skill. While in water, slowly exhale and ensure that your lungs are not holding in the air.

Slow and complete inhaling creates space for deep, full inhales, enabling you to balance well in water and keep buoyant. A good breathing rhythm ensures that your body gets sufficient oxygen and prevents you from getting tired very quickly, thus enabling you to swim for longer hours.

BUILD SWIMMING ENDURANCE

Endurance is the ability to withstand, resist, or recover from fatigue caused by strenuous activity or exercise. Swimming for long hours requires that your muscles be fit enough and have the stamina to cover longer distances. However, a swimmer cannot achieve endurance in a day; thus, training is vital.

Consistent practice and incorporating swimming for the desired distances are essential. It is also necessary to include other exercises such as yoga, sprints, and weight training to help your muscles to build stamina and get used to resistance.

Practicing over open areas and swimming pools will help you develop experience in swimming in different environments. Building and developing endurance enables your muscles to get used to resistance and overcome fatigue this swimming for a more extended period.

INVEST IN A GOOD SWIMMING GEAR

Swimming, just like any other sport, requires that the participants be in the right gear. A good costume will not only boost your confidence but also improve your performance. When choosing an outfit, make sure that it is a suitable material.

Materials such as cotton easily absorb and retain water and become heavy, this affecting your ability to balance and swim for long hours. On the other hand, swimming equipment such as fins will make your ankles flexible. This way, a swimmer can navigate the waters by pushing the waters backward and gliding faster and longer.

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