Swimming is a valuable stability exercise in which the spinal extensors in the back are working to keep you off the ground, they are also working to keep the opposite arm and leg raised at the same time. This type of movement is used in walking and running and is important for improved coordination and motor development.
Swimming is a super all over body workout where your back, hip and core muscles all play a part in lifting and lowering your legs and arms off the ground.
During this exercise your core muscles should be pulled in and tight for the entire workout, do not let your belly push into the mat to stabilise you, instead thinkg about drawing your belly button away from the mat and towards your spine, imagine a ice cube under your belly button, pull up and away from it.
During the whole exercise keep your eye line down at the floor so that your neck stays in alignment.
Join me and let’s practise Pilates Swimming together.