Toning Your Upper Body With Swimming

by Pool Builders on 03-14-2010 in Articles

Your upper body is comprised of different muscles, which is why every time you go for a swim these are put into good use. Among the different swimming techniques freestyle swimming, also known as crawl, is the most popular swimming technique because it is the most efficient, the fastest, and makes use of the upper body muscles more, namely the shoulder muscles, triceps, biceps, chest muscles, deltoids, trapezius, quadriceps, gluteus muscles, respiratory muscles, latissimus dorsi, and hip flexors.

When doing the freestyle, you must traverse the water with the head and the chest pointing downward towards the bottom of the pool. Use a flutterkick (continuous and quick upward and downward movement of the legs) to propel yourself across the water.

Each stroke begins as your right arm is brought to the front and slightly to the side of your head into the water. As your right hand enters the water, your elbow should be slightly above water and your body should be slightly tilted to the left side. At the same time the left arm accelerates underwater in a pulling motion downwards the length of the body. After the right arm enters the water, your body will naturally roll to the right side so that it becomes horizontal to the water surface. As you continue to extend the right arm forward, your body's tilt to the right side becomes more prominent while your left arm exits the water near your hip. When you finish the technique with your left arm and begin anew using your right arm you are now on your way to doing a sequence of freestyle strokes.

Turn your head in coordination with your body roll as you conduct each stroke. For example, when your body tilts to the left, your head should also roll to the left side and take a breath of air. As soon as you inhale, put your face back in the water as if you are looking at the bottom of the pool. Slowly exhale through your nose or mouth as your body rolls to the other side.

Doing 50 laps of freestyle swimming as frequently as you can will assure you that your upper body will get toned slowly but surely.

Being healthy and fit also means that you have to take care of your body after you have finished with your swimming session. Start with making sure that you are well-hydrated then follow up with a good shower to rinse off the pool chemicals that has come into contact with your body. Nothing beats that refreshed feeling after you've properly showered after a swimming session.

Swimming pools, whether public or private, are treated with several pool chemicals so that it can be kept clean. Chlorine for decontamination, algaecides to prevent algal growth, stain preventers to remove metal deposits in the water, and clarifiers to make your pool sparkle are the most frequently used types of pool chemicals. All of these combined will provide you with a safe and clean environment to swim in.

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