22 Feb Is swimming the hardest stroke compared to others?
When it comes to sports, it is impossible not to mention swimming. So what is swimming sport? Is swimming difficult? If we compare swimming with other sports, is swimming the hardest sport? Let’s begin to dig deeper to know through this following article!
What is swimming?
Swimming is one of the forms of full-body water movement and is one of the ideal ways to increase height. With standard swimming techniques, swimmers can maintain balance and float on the water without being submerged in the water due to the effect of gravity. At the same time, arms and legs combine rhythmic work to push forward.
It is worth mentioning that this sport is suitable for all ages, from infants to the elderly. This is also a very suitable sport for people with disabilities.
Is swimming difficult?
Compared to other sports such as athletics, soccer, shooting, …, swimming is not the hardest. Because almost everyone knows how to swim, they can also swim long distances. However, to be able to swim well and technically is another thing. We will analyze more together to understand why people say, swimming is both easy and difficult.
Incorrect swimming technique
Normally, people find it difficult to swim because they don’t swim properly, or swim the wrong technique. As you all know, there are four popular swimming styles today: freestyle (front crawl), breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly stroke. However, with each style of swimming, you swim in the wrong technique, so you cannot swim well and swim fluently.
And the incorrect technique that people usually make is the breathing technique. To be more specific, we give you 04 swimming styles breathing technique as follow:
Freestyle stroke (front crawl)
With the freestyle swimming style, people often have the most difficulty breathing. With the front crawl stroke, you have to inhale deeply from the first beats because stride swimming is very laborious. The breathing technique in stride is different from frog swimming and butterfly swimming. In swimming, you fan your arms to the side, take the air from that side, it will be very difficult for you to take the air from the opposite hand because it will make you choke water easily.
In backstroke swimming, your face is always above water. Usually, at the end of the cycle, you will have to inhale and exhale once.
Regular inhalation and exhalation combined with limb movements will help your breathing rhythm become more rhythmic and help you swim farther.
Most of the people who are new to frog swim make mistakes of breathing improperly. Because of fear, many people breathe too hard, spray water in their mouths, … making it difficult for the body to float in the water. Therefore, breathing technique is also very important. For example, take a deep breath before going into the water, breathe gently through your nose while submerged in water combined with puffing your cheeks, closing your lips and expelling water while breathing so as not to choke water, …
Besides, in the process of tilting your head on the surface of the water to get steam, you need to be gentle, relax the body, especially the part and the neck so that taking the breath is gentle and also much easier. compared to straining yourself. Struggling will make the body more susceptible to muscle stiffening, cramping, and a lot of effort, swimmers will get tired easily and the exercise will not be effective.
It is the power of the leg movements, not the hand movements that help you breathe. Breathing in the air is the most important technical element of the movement, so lifting your body too high while breathing will lose your posture. Breathing must be in sync with body movement. Breathe two hand cycles once (one hold – one breath) to maintain better body posture. Breathe by bringing your chin forward.
Butterfly swimming consumes 2 times more energy than front crawl stroke and 4 times more energy than breaststroke. So you have to learn the right breathing techniques to avoid drowning.
Breathing techniques are also the leading reason why swimming is both easy and difficult. It is very easy to learn how to swim, but not everyone can swim well. So if you are new to swimming and are learning, you should pay attention to be able to properly improve breathing techniques first! Wish you success!