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What's the best stroke to do while swimming?

What's the best stroke to do while swimming?

Freestyle: Probably freestyle, as it seems to be the most efficient for most people. You can usually do this longer than any other stroke without total fatigue. Many like to mix it up, and this is a good idea. ...Read more

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Stroke (Definition)

Stroke is a loss of neurological function due to loss of blood flow to a part of the brain. This can be the result of clotting locally, an embolus from elsewhere in the vascular system or bleeding in the brain. It is usually manifest by a sudden ...Read more


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Which type of swimming stroke is the best to work out your entire body?

Which type of swimming stroke is the best to work out your entire body?

Many: Most would say freestyle. However, the backstroke and butterfly are also excellent. Breststroke -- not so much. You can switch sidestroke sides to get a good workout . Just ask the navy seals. ...Read more

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Is swimming freestyle the best workout for your body than the other types of strokes?

Is swimming freestyle the best workout for your body than the other types of strokes?

Not always: As with all exercise, the body will adapt to it and become more efficient at it, and therefore give you less returns/results for your efforts. If all you did was freestyle, over time you would not get the same results as you did when you were beginning your freestyle program. Maybe you shouldn't abandon the other swinnimg strokes that you can perform. ...Read more

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What are the highest calorie burning strokes in swimming?

What are the highest calorie burning strokes in swimming?

Butterfly: Is the highest probably followed by a fast freestyle ...Read more

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Is it safe to change your stroke when swimming to lose weight?

Is it safe to change your stroke when swimming to lose weight?

Any stroke: You will get toned up and leaner looking, but may not lose much weight swimming. Many exercises cause a rise in core temperature, and sweating, etc. These can help reduce weight. The water keeps your temp. Cooler, and you don't sweat, so there is less weight lost. You do burn calories which will help weight loss, but not as much/fast as, for example, playing raquetball hard. Excellent exercise. ...Read more

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1/2 hour slow breast stroke daily for 3 months. Start to have bilateral golfers elbow 1 month ago. How can that happen? Have to stop swimming?

1/2 hour slow breast stroke daily for 3 months. Start to have bilateral golfers elbow 1 month ago. How can that happen? Have to stop swimming?

Cross train: Elbow pain associated with swimming breast stroke may signal overuse and/or improper technique. Suggest a coach to watch your stroke and add any needed corrections. You can also incorporate other strokes in your workout, such as freestyle. Days off or cross training with cycling will allow for recovery of overused joints. ...Read more

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Over the past year I have been experiencing pain in my shins when I do breast stroke in swimming, I've never had growing pain so im not sure what it it?

Over the past year I have been experiencing pain in my shins when I do breast stroke in swimming, I've never had growing pain so im not sure what it it?

Shin pain in swimmer: shin pain in breaststrokers is common and means you are getting a complete kick. It is basically a shin splint . stand on a step, heel only on... most of the rest of your foot hanging off. Tie a weight to the toe of your shoe, and do weighted toe raises. Allow the foot to extend down, then point contract the foot to point the toes as high as they'll go. Hold at the top, and compress shin muscle. ...Read more

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57 year old female. Can half an hour of swimming breast stroke every day be the cause of Trochanteric Bursitis?

57 year old female. Can half an hour of swimming breast stroke every day be the cause of Trochanteric Bursitis?

Trochanteric bursa: As you might imagine, it is possible your activity is the cause. A good question is does swimming make it worse? Visit your orthopedic surgeon for a physical exam to evaluate your pain. You also have lumbar spinal disease and may have bone spurs or other etiological factors. Rest and modify your activity- try another stroke or use a pull buoy. Read:http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00409 ...Read more

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D I had a stroke two years ago and today is clear that it was caused by patent foramen ovale. Can I keep doing sports like swimming, running, fitness?

D I had a stroke two years ago and today is clear that it was caused by patent foramen ovale. Can I keep doing sports like swimming, running, fitness?

Probably: First, we can rarely guarantee that a stroke is caused by a pfo--20-25% of the general population has a pfo, which means that anyone who has a stroke for any reason has a 20% chance of having a pfo. That being said, the younger and healthier a patient is, the more likely it is that the pfo was related to stroke. There is no contraindication to exercise with pfo. Check with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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What to do about testicle pain after swimming breast stroke?

Testicle pain: Strain of inner thigh muiscles and lower abdomen could radiate to testicles and cause pain. If so, then you need rest and less exertion during swimming. Sudden groin pain in men with swelling of the scrotum, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain are symptoms of testicular torsion, which is a medical emergency. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you experience these symptoms. ...Read more