Irish Daily Mail - - Good Health -

THE mis­takes that could make your ex­er­cise reg­i­men less ef­fec­tive. This week: Front crawl THE faster you swim, the more calo­ries you burn and the fit­ter you be­come. But the way most of us po­si­tion our bod­ies in the wa­ter can hin­der this, says Harry Needs, a lead­ing swim­ming coach who once com­peted at an in­ter­na­tional level.

‘Most peo­ple’s feet are too low which in­creases re­sis­tance, slow­ing you down,’ he says. The way to change this is to push your chest and face slightly lower to raise your feet. Once you’ve got the hang of that, you can power things up by work­ing on your hand po­si­tion. ‘If you imag­ine your face in the wa­ter is a clock with your fore­head at 12, most peo­ple’s hands cross past the 12 as they stroke which slows them down,’ says Harry. ‘The best place for your hands to hit the wa­ter is wider apart, at ten and two; most peo­ple ex­ag­ger­ate moves in the wa­ter, so this will see you hit the right place.’

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