Swimming describes any method by which humans (or other living creatures) move themselves through water, apart from walking on the bottom.

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Will this be enough to make me fit

height : 5 foot 4, 1.63 m weight : roughly around 69 kg I am really active now. I go play football/soccer every weekend for like 2 hours. I also walk around 30-40 mins a day. But most of the day I ...
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Is it okay to swim in the middle of a lake?

So I live in Wisconsin, and I take my motor boat out on Lake Michigan every week or so during this Summer, usually about 30 or 40 miles out. I am literally the only one out there. It's water as far as ...
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What kind of swimming exercises can I do to loose fat, improve my endurance and breath capacity?

I did a lot swimming when I was a kid and I would like to do again. Purpose is to do a bit sport because I don't do a lot (don't do any sport) and I lack a bit of sportive activity. Plus, I would like ...
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Is it true that swimming helps with sore muscles?

I've heard from a lot of people that swimming helps relieve sore muscles, is it true? If true, why?
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When can one say one has learnt swimming?

I am a beginner in swimming and I have been making slow and steady progress. I would love to set targets for myself so that I focus and improve. When can one say one has surpassed the beginner stage ...
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Why can't I keep water out of my nose and throat while swimming?

I recently learned to do the front crawl. I am following the advice I've read online about exhaling the entire time my face is under water, and relaxing. Regardless, pool water is choking me, coming ...
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Will a blocked nose affect my ability to breathe during swimming?

I am a beginner. I tried to swim today with a blocked nose. I do not have any fever or cold otherwise; I am perfectly healthy apart from the blocked nose. Will this have any effect on my swimming? ...
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Breathless after 50m front crawl [duplicate]

I just started learning to swim a few months back. From barely being able to float for a few seconds, I am now able to swim along an entire length (25m). However there are two caveats: 1) I almost ...
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Are there any disadvantages, besides discomfort, to letting water enter your nose?

A few days ago, I suddenly overcame my fear of getting water up my nose while in the swimming pool, and ever since then, I've been dog-paddling, diving underwater, and splashing around without a care ...
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Muscles targeted by swimming? [closed]

I know it's cardio. But I still would like to know the muscles built by swimming. Which muscles are targeted by swimming?
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Exercises and workouts in Navy?

I am thinking about joining the Navy. However, I don't know their usual daily workouts/exercise. What is the average daily Navy workout?
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can we measure our cardiovascular endurance from swimming?

as you know, cardiovascular endurance in swimming is something that cannot be avoided. and I think, swimming will challenge our cardiovascular endurance more than other thing like running. I'm ...
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Is swimming a good exercise for skinny people

I am underweight according to my BMI. I am male, my height is 183cm and I weigh 60 kg. I started to swim regularly in the last month. Mostly I will be doing free style. Will this routine reduce my ...
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Dry land Training to Supplement Butterfly in Swimming

I am a swimmer, especially a butterflyer. I got a weight lifting set for Christmas, but I'm not entirely sure how to utilize it for butterfly, or even swimming in general. I read up on these ...
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Arm Drops During Breath Turn

I am trying to learn freestyle swimming and got the kicking nice and strong. I watched numerous videos about breathing and spoke to my instructor and everyone says: "Extend your arm, (almost as if) ...
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Why is swimming considered a safe exercise?

During my current physical I asked my doctor the reason for my persistent shin pain. Her opinion was that running can take a toll on various parts of the body, particularly the leg joints. She ...
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Breathing out during swimming freestyle [duplicate]

When breathing out during swimming, I've come across conflicting info - a swim instructor years ago told me to "exhale it all out immediately", so after I take in my breath, once my head is submerged, ...
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Fatigued triceps in freestyle swimming

I used to swim a long time ago and after a break of several years, I took it up again about 6 months ago. However, my triceps (i.e the lateral part of the back of my upper arms) still get fatigued ...
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Dealing with ankle cramps in open water

I sometimes get cramps in my ankles when swimming freestyle. What are some good strategies for dealing with them during an open water race? Preventative measures would also be of interest.
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Support for ankle inversion trauma during swimming

Assume you have an ankle inversion trauma and you cannot move your ankle for 2-6 months without having it in tight bind when doing sport. You otherwise support your foot at a moment by Aircast's ankle ...
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Zoning out in and outside of practice

I'm a swimmer and fairly into the sport, I guess. I'm not currently swimming right now, but would be if it weren't for this problem. During practice, I sort of zone out. Usually not "in the zone" kind ...
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How to improve free stroke swimming skill

At this moment, I am able to swimming 3KM by breathstroke without taking rest. But each time I swim with free-stroke, I can hardly complete a 50M session, and my legs become soar and fatigue, ...
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swim workouts from swim-a-mile website

I've just completed the 0 to 1 mile swim program (http://ruthkazez.com/swimming/ZeroTo1mile.html). Now I am planning to follow the workouts in http://ruthkazez.com/swimming/IntroToSwimWorkouts.html ...
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Train for triathlon without moving arm

I've had a shoulder operation a little while back, and now I'm barely allowed to use my arm the coming 6 months. This is standard procedure for this type of surgery, as it needs time to heal. I'm a ...
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Cardio in swimming : long distances or interval training?

I'm practicing a martial art and I'd like to work on my cardio. To do that most people run, but I've had knee problems so I'd rather pick up swimming instead (I also enjoy it more to be honest...). ...
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How to Change My Diet When I Add Exercise

I'm naturally built and toned, and I was a swimmer. My arms have retained that, but through college my stomach has put on some weight. I'm now around 200 pounds at 5'10". Some is probably due to ...
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What effect does restricted oxygen in cardio have on muscle damage & repair?

As we all know, cardio and strength training have completely different effects on your muscles, and your body's response to them. Strength training trains the body to make those big anaerobic muscle ...
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Adjustment from pool to lake for triathlon

I'm looking to try a triathlon, and in preparation I've started swimming at a local 25/50m pool (lane lines put in different ways on different days). The triathlon swim is 800m; I've done that ...
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How to keep swimming stroke consistent while swimming?

I've been swimming lengths for about a year and usually swim 2000 metres during workouts. I structure my swims into different intervals and they are long distances, fast pace and sprints. What I find ...
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What does it mean to 'condition the body'?

I read on this page the phrase, 'Treading water – great all round body conditioner'. What does this mean, to condition the body? I've heard of 'conditioning' before (when reading fitness how-to's), ...
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How do the disabled swim? How do they use their legs?

I'm disabled, not like Roy from the IT crowd :) I can walk on crutches or walker, and I can swim for few minutes. I realize that kicking my legs is what makes me float, using my arms is just to move ...
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How do I kick properly while swimming

I am a beginner in swimming and it's been just 5 days into instructor lead coaching in the pool. I have mastered floating and classes are focused on freestyle. I still don't know if I am kicking ...
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Exhaling properly underwater? [duplicate]

The thing I struggle most with when trying to lap swim is getting the breathing right. After blowing my air out underwater, the breath I take in above water feels very shallow and I don't get much ...
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What is the best way of getting into open water swimming?

I am considering training for a triathlon and wondered what the best approach is when starting out with open water swimming? Also would you recommend buying a wetsuit straight away? Does it tend to ...
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Is it possible to practice freestyle breathing with a kick board?

I have been trying to achieve "one goggle in the water" side breathing, but even using flippers and three kick boards to keep my body as high as humanly possible, basic face anatomy dictates that if ...
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Why is my swimming fitness so much worse than my cycling and running fitness?

I cycle a lot, I run a bit, and I swim once per week. I have been training once per week for 5 months now. When I started, I could barely swim a length of freestyle. Now I can swim a lap with ease. ...
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How can I learn to kick with a different pattern?

My biggest problem with front-crawl (freestyle) swimming is that I naturally kick four times per cycle (i.e. twice per hand), such that I'm always kicking with the same foot when a hand enters the ...
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Drills for sea swimming

Has anyone got experience swimming in the sea? I live in India and the sea near my house is Bay of Bengal. This sea is madly violent. Crossing the initial waves is really tough. Being the first day ...
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After a strenuous workout, do your lungs need time to rest and repair? If so, what is being repaired in your lungs as you rest them?

I had a difficult surf session this morning and exited the waters with burning lungs, similar in feeling to after running long distance or multiple sprints. I'm an avid weightlifter, so I'm well aware ...
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Swim cap for men's long hair

I've been growing my hair out to donate it to either "Locks of Love" or "Pantene Beautiful Lengths". I'd like to start "re-learning" how to swim so that I can take part in a sprint triathlon next ...
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Water dripping from nose after swimming

After swimming in the sea, some amount of water drips from my nose time to time, for several hours. Normally water drips when I bend forward. Is this a medical problem?
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Do you sweat when swimming?

Just curious about this topic, because I only do swimming for fitness purpose, and I'm worrying whether the cold water blocks the sweating mechanism?
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Recreational vs Competitive Breaststroke Timing

Looking around some information about breaststroke technique, I am seeing different information about the timing of the kick. With the recreational breaststroke (with head all time out) I tend to ...
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What are good home-exercises for a 7-year-old swimmer to increase stamina, endurance and GPP?

My daughter, who is coming up to be 7 years old, loves swimming and has recently started race training. She is the youngest/smallest/thinnest of all the children in the group. Her technique is pretty ...
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Swimming practice for adult beginner

I've just started learning how to swim as an adult but I am feeling that one hour lesson a week is just not enough. I hardly can move forward with my arms and certainly I almost move backwards using ...
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(Re)Learning how to swim

As a kid, I was an avid swimmer. I was nowhere near an expert, but I was in a pool, swimming laps, almost every day of the summer. My form was probably poor then, but nobody instructed me otherwise. ...
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Advantages of using the sidestroke

Ive read that the preferred swimming style for the US Navy soldiers is the sidestroke. What are the benefits of the sidestroke that make it the preferred style?
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How can you get your belly to be less sensitive to cold water swimming etc?

I'm not afraid of water or cold, but very sensitive to cold water, especially on my belly, waist and back. When other people claim the water's warm, I have difficulties to breathe. Can I do anything?
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Can swimming significantly help to improve vertical jump?

I've met physical education teacher in the swimming pool and he told me that swimming will NOT have significant effect for developing my vertical jump. If we omit weight loss caused by swimming and ...
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How to compensate swimming overload in the gym?

I'm looking for exercises which can help me compensate muscle overload generated by swimming (mainly crawl). I crawl about 3 to 4 times a week and I want to focus on that style. I heard that you ...