The Ultimate Fix For Sinking Legs During A Swim

Do you find yourself having to kick a lot harder when you swim? Do you feel like you’re not moving much or moving too slowly? Are you struggling to keep your legs from sinking?

One of the biggest causes of slow and inefficient swimming is sinking legs. When your body position is not in line with the water surface, there is greater drag. This slows you down when you swim.

To achieve effortless and speedy swimming techniques, here are 3 must-do tips to fix those sinking legs of yours during a swim!

1. Exhale Your Breath Under Water 

Many swimmers have the tendency to hold their breath when swimming instead of exhaling into the water. However, this instinctive habit is one of the main reasons why your legs are sinking in the water!

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By keeping your breath in, the air in your lungs creates extra buoyancy in your chest. This will lift you up at the front, which can cause your legs to sink as you lose your streamline body position in the water.

Not only that, but you may also tense up when you hold your breath under water. Learning to exhale constantly in the water helps you to relax, which aids your swimming technique.

You can exhale your breath through your nose or your mouth in the water, releasing a constant stream of air bubbles when your face is in the water. This new swimming tip may need some time to get used to, so constantly remind yourself when you are doing your laps.

2. Flexible Ankles and Kick From Your Hip 

A common mistake observed in the pool when practicing flutter kick for front crawl, is swimmers kicking from their knees instead of their hips. With bent knees and stiff ankles, this can cause your legs to sink low into the water.

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By bending your knees as you kick in the water, you are creating more drag with your legs. You will also lose your desired horizontal body position, which can slow you down significantly.

Therefore, always keep your legs relatively straight and kick from your hips. You can correct your technique by doing more kick drills in the pool before beginning your usual laps!

Another point to take note when kicking, is to make sure that your ankles are flexible enough to point your feet. If your feet are pointing down at the pool floor, you are only creating extra drag in the water.

Achieving a straight foot as you swim will propel you further and faster in your kicks, and help you keep your legs afloat in the water!

3. Master a Good Catch Action 

The last crucial factor to avoid sinking legs, is the way you initiate each stroke when swimming front crawl. This is also known as ‘the catch’.

A good front crawl catch action requires swimmers to bend their elbows early when entering the water, so as to push the water backwards towards the wall behind them. This helps you to move forward as you swim.

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However, a bad catch action is when you push downwards on the water instead with a straight arm, which will only lift your front torso up. This action subsequently leads to your legs sinking in the water, as the streamline body position is lost.

Therefore, a good catch action can help prevent the problem of sinking legs, while mastering a long and efficient stroke technique!

Correcting any swimming technique requires more than just an overnight practice.  There may be several mistakes that need to be worked on and improved over time.

It takes time and patience to identify your mistakes and fix each one of them. However, the results will definitely be worth the effort!

With these tips and solutions, bid farewell to sinking legs, and welcome a beautiful streamline body position when you’re in the water.

If you are ready to learn more and improve your techniques, contact us today!

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Also, read Say Goodbye To A Crooked Backstroke In 3 Easy Steps

Say Goodbye To A Crooked Backstroke In 3 Easy Steps

Going off course or colliding with the lane rope or other swimmers can be an embarrassing and dangerous situation when swimming backstroke.

However, being able to swim in a straight line is indeed a challenge for backstroke swimmers of all ages.

Unlike other swimming strokes where you can look ahead while swimming, backstroke requires swimmers to be on their backs. Ensuring you are swimming straight can also be exceptionally difficult if you are swimming outdoors where there is no roof for you to use as a guide.

Determined to stop zigzagging across the pool? Here are 3 easy ways to fix your backstroke in no time!

1. Look Out for A Guide

Like how you may use the pool floor as a guide to ensure you are swimming straight in other strokes, do the same when you are swimming backstroke!

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Search for something that runs parallel to the direction you are swimming in, such as a fence or the spectator stands. Keep your eye on the subject to make sure you are not swimming off course.

Using your peripheral vision, you can also look out for the lane ropes beside you and make sure you keep a consistent distance away from them. This will ensure that you do not collide into them and that you are always in the middle of the lane as you swim.

2. Do Not Lose Your Positioning

Another easy fix for a crooked backstroke is making sure you do not lose your positioning when swimming. This applies specifically to how your head moves during the stroke.

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When swimming, your head should naturally fall into a position that is in line with your spine. You should not be sticking your neck out, trying to keep your face out of the water. Doing that can result in your hips dropping, and thus losing your streamline body position.

In addition, to swim in a straight line, your head should optimally be still during your swimming stroke. If your head is frequently moving from side to side, it can be disorientating and cause you to be off balance.

To keep your head still as you swim backstroke, practise body rotation with minimal movement to your head during your backstroke drills. Over time, you will get used to the body positioning and be able to swim with ease!

3. Maintain Your Body Roll and Arm Strength

To effectively swim straight in backstroke, always be aware of your body rolls and maintain consistent arm strength.

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Some swimmers neglect the importance of rolling their bodies to the side when their arms sweep through the water. This will result in their legs and hips moving around each time to counter the single-sided pull from the arm, thus causing a crooked backstroke.

Make sure that you roll your body in the same direction as your arm that is moving through the water. For example, the body should roll to the left if your left arm is sweeping down into the water, and vice versa.

Do be consistent with the amount of strength you put into each arm pull. If one arm creates a greater force or is faster than the other when pulling, you will be swimming diagonally.

Therefore, identify which side you often steer towards when swimming backstroke and correct the amount of strength you put into that specific arm. Always try to match both your arms’ speed and motion.

If you can identify the cause of your crooked backstroke, swimming in a straight line can be achieved easily. Once you get it right, swimming straight will be a part of your muscle memory, and will come naturally.

After overcoming the challenge to swim straight, you can then move on to focusing on swimming faster and better!

If you need help in perfecting your strokes, register for a free swim trial with Swim it Right today.

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Also, read Top 5 Ways to Get Rid of Water in Your Ears after Swimming

Top 5 Ways to Get Rid of Water in Your Ears after Swimming

Have you ever felt that annoying tickling sensation in your ears when there is water trapped in them? Or hear that sloshing sound when you tilt your head?

Clogged ears is a post-swimming discomfort that every swimmer has definitely felt before. It is inevitable for some water to get into our ears when we are in the pool.

Not only is clogged ears annoying, but having water stuck there can also lead to ear canal infections, a common one being the ‘Swimmer’s Ear’.

Here are the 5 best remedies for you to remove water from your ears in no time!

1. Pop Your Ears

The fast and easy way to get rid of water that anyone can try, is to pop your ears! This simple method has been termed the Valsalva Maneuver, and it can help to push water out of your ears.

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First, pinch your nostrils closed, take a deep breath and close your mouth thereafter.

Gently blow out of your nose until you hear a popping sound, which is caused by the pressure to your ears. This means that the Eustachian tubes (which connects your nasal passages to your middle ear) in your ears are opened, removing any water that is trapped inside.

Be careful not to exhale too fast or harshly, as that may hurt your eardrums!

2. Tilt Your Head and Add Pressure

This next remedy is commonly used and incredibly effective! By tilting your head to the side of your clogged ear and applying pressure to it, gravity will help to drain the water out of your ear.

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Tilt your head sideways such that the ear that is clogged is parallel to the ground. Sometimes, if the water is not stuck in your ear canal, the water will immediately flow out. You can try jumping or shaking your head to help with the process.

If there are still fluids, place your palm against you clogged ear and press hard for a few seconds before removing it. This action will create a temporary vacuum which can draw the water out of your ear.

Make sure that the clogged ear is facing down to the floor and not up, or you will only be forcing the water to seep into your ear canal further!

3. Use a Blow Dryer

Another solution that do not require much effort is to simply dry off the water! Blow dryer is a great choice as the warm air from the dryer can ‘pull away’ water vapour, thus removing water from your ears.

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Tug your ear lobe away from your face, and hold the blow dryer at least 30cm away from your ear. Ensure that the dryer is aimed directly into your ear canal, and stay in the position for about 30 seconds.

During this period, water will begin to drain from your ear. Repeat the process until all the water in your ear have dried up.

Do note that the blow dryer should be at the lowest setting, or else it may get too hot. Do not let the blow dryer touch your ear as that may cause a burn injury.

4. Use a Warm Towel

Similar to a blow dryer, using a warm towel can also open up the Eustachian tubes in your ears.

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Wet a cloth in hot water and wring off any excess water so that it is not dripping wet. Bring the warm cloth to the affected ear and press against it for 30 seconds.

Make sure the clogged ear is facing downward towards the ground in order for the water to drain out. Repeat this procedure until you no longer feel there is any water stuck in your ears!

5. Olive Oil

This may be a surprising tactic for many, but olive oil is great at repelling water and getting rid of them in your clogged ears. It also has anti-bacterial properties that can prevent your ears from getting infections.

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To do this, simply warm a bowl of olive oil. Using a clear dropper, drip a few drops of oil into your affected ear and leave it for 10 minutes. Thereafter, tilt your head to the side and let the oil and water drain out of your ear.

This is a great preventive measure that can be used in future swimming sessions as well. Just apply a couple drops of olive oil into your ears before you swim, and this will stop water from getting trapped!

With these five home remedies, clogged ears will be a thing of the past!

To prevent such issues from happening at all, you can consider wearing a swimming cap or using ear plugs when you spend time in the pool.

You can also purchase Konfidence Aquabands from us here. The Aquaband protects your ears from cold water and ear infection. It’s made of seamless neoprene material and comes with ear plugs. Suitable for children and adults.

Don’t let a simple problem such as clogged ears turn into a serious one like an ear infection.

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