Out of breath are we? veering off course, or swallowing water are common mistakes made by a swimmer who neglects to use the proper breathing technique.

To overcome these problems, and to make your session more fun and satisfying  NABAIJI suggests some exercises using different techniques, with or without equipment, to improve your breathing and "lung capacity".

These suggested exercises are to be introduced after warming up or during recovery in order to focus exclusively on technique and not on speed or distance. Do not try to go fast, just focus on the movement and get your breathing right.

1. With Equipment :

With a kickboard :

Want to be on the safer side while you learn how to breathe? Well, we will tell you how you can exactly do that.

Hold the board with your right arm stretched out straight in front of you and keep your left arm in
Change arms every 25 metres.

The goal here is to keep the best possible
breath out, without lifting your head too much either.

For those more comfortable in the water, you can try without the board. 

With a
snorkel :

Hey! come on this looks easy and fun. Well, it is!

To do this exercise you must be sufficiently able to control your
See told you its easy!

It will force you to keep your head.

2. Without Equipment :

One-arm front crawl :

Don't worry! Learning how to breathe without equipment is still safe. Though it can be a bit tiring you will feel satisfied and content at the end of your session.

The one-arm front crawl is a very good way to practise your breathing due to its
Change arms every 25–50 metres.

Once again, the goal is to practise keeping your body.

Breathing with every stroke :

It is important that you balance your strokes with your breathing, swimming without breathing can tire you out easily and breathing too many times while swimming can slow you down.

Training technique consisting of swimming the
(breathing rapidly without allowing your body to transfer oxygen effectively).

The purpose of the exercise is to force you to keep a straight posture at all times, not to lift your head too much when breathing in and to get used to breathing out under water.

If you are not confident of breathing out underwater through your nose you can practice bubbling, which is easy and fun and you can make bubbles through your nose. While you get the hang of it.

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