With the current situation, swimming pools and even open water facilities are closed. That doesn’t mean we cannot practice our swimming. Let’s look at some exercises you can do from the comfort of your home and which will help you when you get back to swimming.
The Usual Fitness Exercises
Generally speaking, fitness exercises are good for your body (and your mind) and will therefore be beneficial for going back to swimming. Whether you work out your core with abs and planks, strengthen your arms with push-ups or legs with squats, you’ll get more muscle power to both improve your propulsion and balance in the water. We highlight below three specific exercises that address the needs of swimmers.
- Flutter kicks: Lie down flat on your back and place your arms along your sides, hands under your butt. Elevate your straight legs slightly and kick your legs up and down, not letting them touch the floor. This works out your thigh and abdominal muscles, while also mimicking leg movements used in backstroke and front crawl.
- V-Sit flutter kicks: If you feel like some challenge, do the same kick move with your legs whilst sitting in a V shape and with your arms straight in front of you.
- Superman: to improve your posture and build your back muscles and glutes, lie down on your stomach and stretch your arms straight out above your head (like Superman flying). Then lift your right arm and left leg, and vice-versa in a kick movement.
Practice Your Swimming
The good news is you can practice your actual swimming techniques from home. This video gives 7 exercises that you can do at home without any material to improve your arm and leg techniques.
If you want to practice the technique whilst increasing your fitness, then this kind of training would help.
We also recommend those exercises to practice a particular technique: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and front crawl.
We hope you enjoy those suggestions. Let us know in the comments how you are doing at home!