Developing an Efficient breathing technique

One of the biggest challenges that face beginner and intermediate swimmers is breathing.  Bad breathing technique can lead to many problems, like bad body position, scissor kicks or lop sided strokes. If you are really a beginner level swimmer you should use all the necessary swimming accessories and swimming aids equipment.

 

  1. Focus on Exhaling Rather Than Inhaling

A common problem for beginners is not exhaling under water. If you try to make a habit of exhaling under water between breaths; it will save you time and effort. When you go up you will only have to inhale.

  1. Keep Your Head Still

Another problem is that some people keep rolling their heads between breaths. This act will make you feel dizzy and might result in neck injury. Try to concentrate on looking at one point to keep you from getting distracted.  This might feel strange at first, but you will eventually adapt.

  1. Don’t Over Rotate Your Head

Looking upwards instead of looking to your side is a problem that causes far too many obstacles to your swimming routine. This bad technique leads to the loss of balance and possible neck injuries. If you ever experience a stiff neck, it is probably because you are putting too much pressure on your neck by overly rotating it.

  1. Incorrect Body Rotation Might Hurt Your Breathing

Correct body rotation is a great help to your breathing technique. This is because once you learn how to rotate correctly; you don’t have to rotate your head too far to breathe. If you suffer from poor breathing on one side, it is because you have a rotation problem.

  1. Learn to Breathe bilaterally

Learning to breathe bilaterally will be beneficial for the rest of your life. This technique helps you to maintain a symmetrical stroke technique; which will help keep your body straight. Breathing to only one side will cause incorrect body rotation; this means that you will not be swimming in a straight line.

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