The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused people to stay at home. With social distancing in place and people in lockdown, keeping your body fit and healthy can be a difficult task. There are many countries where walking tracks and pools have been shut down to prevent the spread of the virus. In many places, caravanning around the country or camping in nature has also been banned. If you are someone who loves to swim whether professionally or as a hobby, the fact that pools are closed can have an impact on your health.
To keep yourself fit during this uncertain period and let all the pent up energy out, we have compiled a list of exercises you can attempt to maintain your swimmer’s body, agility, and strength. Not only will these exercises help your body physically, but they will help you mentally as well. They are an excellent way to spend your free time. You can now shop Speedo Swimwear online today and stock up for when pools open.
1. Rock pose
When you swim, you need to keep your toes pointed while your ankle and feet are relaxed. This can be difficult for many and is a sign of an excellent swimmer. If you do not know how to do so, the rigidity in your ankles and feet will not only slow you down, but also make your tired easily as you put much more effort into thrusting yourself forward. This pose from yoga will help you develop this skill and increase the speed and quality of your swimming.
To do this pose, you need to kneel on a mat and lower your hips onto your heels. Push them down so you can feel the pressure. Hold this position for 30 seconds or longer, you may start to get pins and needles if you were to stay like this longer. This is why we suggest 30 seconds is enough. Also, make sure that you do it only if you have no injuries.
2. Pilates swimmer
A common problem that many swimmers come across is that they tend to kick from their knee rather than kicking from their feet. This then slows them down as it causes them to drag and it also requires much more power, which tires the swimmer and makes him come up for breathing much more often.
The problem that occurs comes from the fact that the swimmer is unable to control and feel his movement in the water. So to counter this issue, we suggest you try the Pilates swimmer.
Use a mat and lie face down with your arms stretched in forward direction. Elongate your body enough that you feel a sensation of length along your spine; do this by extending your legs and feet as much as possible. While holding this position, lift your legs from the ground, and hold them in that specific position. Next, perform a flutter kick type motion like you would while swimming, but make sure to keep your legs straight. Try this with 10 kicks with each leg and rotate.