Look Down

Today’s student is a 80-something friend of my sister’s. We laned up about 7 a.m. He told me he’d been practicing my tip from last year – to look down at the pool bottom. This is necessary for personal comfort. Your head weighs on average 12 to 15 pounds. Holding it up strains your neck and shoulders as well as interferes with your spinal alignment. His body position had improved greatly, swimming parallel to the water’s surface eliminating the body drag of the previous year. Now if he would only lift up his right shoulder as nicely as his left . . . he says he’ll practice that.

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