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The safest way to start swimming as a beginner is to take a lesson, says Earl Walton, the global director of training and coaching at triathlon company IRONMAN. “60 minutes with a coach can result in hours and hours of progress.”
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Slow motion running in the pool will challenge you but take it easy on your joints. “Your muscles have to push and pull against the drag of the water,” Walker explains. Do some laps back and forth in the shallow end before strolling in deeper.
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“Float with your face in the water,” says McCuiston. Cycle your arms under and over the water, from your hips to over your head and back. Don’t forget to kick. This full body workout is good for strength and cardio, but it'll go easy on your joints.
If you have access to equipment, a safe body of water, and a certified instructor snorkeling is a great beginner swimming workout. You don’t have to worry about controlling your breath, but you’ll be moving your body the whole time.