Breast stroke for beginners
At Hydropool Wiltshire, we are firm believers in the powers of our luxury swim spas and hot tubs. Whether it’s soaking up the bubbles and feeling the massaging jets ease the stresses of the day in one of our self-cleaning hot tubs, or it’s an invigorating swim workout to give you energy for the day ahead, it’s all great!
But if you’re new to swimming, or haven’t set foot in a pool other than with a cocktail in hand on holiday, it can seem a little daunting to begin with. But that doesn’t mean a swim spa won’t work for you – all you need to do is take it slow.
One of the simplest strokes to start swimming has to be breaststroke. If you are new to swimming and haven’t mastered the art of a strong breathing technique just yet (or you don’t fancy getting your hair completely soaked today), you can keep your head above the water. You face forward on your tummy, push your arms out in front of you to full stretch, then pull them round and back in a big circle, and repeat. The bigger the motion, the stronger your arms and the better shape your cupped hands are when drawing back all provide for a better stroke. Your legs do pretty much the same. So draw your knees up towards your body as far as you can, then kick them out to the sides, round and straight back down again, and repeat. If you do want to try this stroke with breathing, pop your head under water as your hand push out in front of you, and come back up for air when you pull them back round. This makes for a really relaxing swim and forces you to focus on your breathing, which is fantastic for your mental wellbeing too.
Doing this for just fifteen minutes each morning before work, or each evening before supper is a great introduction to swimming as a form of exercise. You don’t need to go too hard or too fast, just focus on the quality of the stroke and your breathing and you will naturally become stronger and faster. It’s amazing what just a short session can do for your strength and stress levels.
So if you’re new to swimming and aren’t sure if a swim spa is for you, just take it slow! And soon you’ll realise it was the best decision you made for your home, your lifestyle and your fitness.