“Tense muscles sink like rocks, whereas releaxed muscles act more like buoys,” says Andey Sean kershaw, head swim coach at the University of Miami. Just as important is to maintain a neutral positiion with your head, shoulders, and glutes in a line. It takes strain off your neck and back and helps you swim more gracefully. And it’ll cue you to stay parallel in the water. “Your body works like a teeter-totter—if your head comes up, your hips go down,” Kershaw says. Breathing plays a key role in this. As you get better at it, the pattern becomes its own meditation to keep you chill (and clears your head).
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