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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Are there really bullsharks in Lake Michigan? [closed]

I saw that a person posted on the swimming in the middle of a lake question that bullsharks live there(Lake Michigan) Is this true?
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Lots of phlegm while doing cardio workouts

I have a bit of an odd question, whenever I do cardio workouts that get my heart rate up and breathing hard I get phlegm buildup in my throat and my nose starts running. It's not a huge amount but ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to count laps while swimming?

I always lose track of laps while swimming more than 1km freestyle in a pool. Is there any gadget or technique which helps counting laps?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there an optimum for swimming stroke rate?

I started swimming and trying to swim 1500m nonstop (as a first goal). I gradually increased my set distances. After 4 weeks I can swim 1000m nonstop. I guess I will reach 1500m in 2 weeks. One thing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 can explain my feet cramping while using swim fins when I swim in the afternoon/evening?

I've been swimming for the last couple years and currently swim 4 times a week. Two of those days I swim in the morning, the other two are in the evening. Whenever I swim in the evening and swim a set ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Do swimming caps keep you warm in cold water?

I swim in an unheated outdoor pool in Spring (in the UK). It's cold enough to be uncomfortable but not dangerous (today the water was 14°C, and if it's below 10°C they close the pool). After a length ...
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Breathing using mouth or nose - correct way while swimming?

I just started the breast stroke in a swimming class. I have heard something like, "It is bad to breathe in using your mouth because there are greater chances of inhaling things that go directly ...
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how can I prevent gagging from mucus on back of throat when swimming?

It's not the most glamorous question but its a very annoying problem. I like to swim about 1km without stopping, but I find every now and again I get thick mucus on the back of my throat that makes me ...
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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 ...