The Importance of Body Position in the Water

The Importance of Body Positioning in the Water

Are you looking to have more energy in the pool and improve your speed? Body position plays a huge part in energy efficiency and speed in the water. By learning how to properly position your body in the water, you’ll find swimming becomes more effortless. So, the next time you take to the pool, be conscious of the following aspects of your body positioning.

Don’t Let Your Hips Sink

To make efficient use of your energy in the water, it’s important to keep your body straight and parallel to the surface of the water. This helps keep everything streamlined and reduce drag. By letting your hips sink, you’re creating more drag in the water that will slow you down and cause you to have to exert more effort to move through the water.

Utilize Your Whole Body

Remember, swimming is a full body movement. Beginning swimmers have a tendency to forget about their legs and rely heavily on their upper body. Not only does this compromise the swimmer’s technique but it will cause them to fatigue faster and swim slower.

Avoid Pointing Your Toes

Although a small part of your body, your toes play a big role in determining your speed and direction in the pool. Keeping them pointed reduces a lot of power on your kicks and prevents you from propelling yourself forward. It’s important that your ankles are loose in the pool.

Remember to Breath

For many of us, holding our breath is instinctive the moment we submerge ourselves under the water; however, by holding your breath you are really doing yourself a disservice. When you hold your breath during physical activity, you are depriving your muscles of the oxygen the desperately need to avoid getting fatigued from the exercise.

When swimming it’s important to make sure you are taking consistent breaths and slowly exhaling, while your face is in the water. The goal is to breathe as naturally as possible as if you were performing a land-based exercise.