Breathing has an influence on many aspects of your swimming performances:
- Swimming efficiency
- Propulsion and muscular effort
- Balance and alignment of your body in the water
While swimming, your muscles work constantly and therefore they will need an extra amount of oxygen.
Your heart and lungs are working the best they can to get you the maximum amount of air in an environment where your breathing capacities are limited.
Bad breathing causes poor oxygenation. When you feel out of breath, it is because your body isn’t getting a sufficient amount of oxygen.
This is called hypoxia, which is an imbalance between the oxygen requirements of the tissues and supply.
When hypoxia affects the muscles, it can lead to cramps and inflammatory lesions.
One thing that makes breathing difficult when swimming is the coordination between your movements and breathing.
Breathing in an unsuitable way will tire your body quicker because of the resistance it will add to your strokes.
But don’t worry, with some simple tips you can improve quickly!