Swimming is recognized as a great way to get or stay in shape...but proper technique plays a big role in getting the most out of your time in the water.
Here's Doctor Sanjay Gupta with today's Health Minute.
If you're planning to spend anytime swimming this summer for exercise, but feel like a fish out of water... don't worry, says Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau. The key is the core.
"When you swim you really want to swim from your core. You don't want to swim with just your arms or just your legs, you want to swim with your whole body."
Start on dry land Eric says with some plank exercises like this one -- a one arm hold, *or* a one leg hold.
"This is engaging the opposite side of his core."
When you're in the water.
"Start working with some single arm drills. Try swimming with just your right arm, just your left arm.
Use some kickboards, use some pool buouys, use fins."
And dont forget about nutrition
"What you put in your body is what you're going to get out of it in the water."
But, Shanteau says, the good thing about swimming.
"Because it is a total body exercise, you can really do any kind of workout in the gym and it'll help your strength in the water."
For today's Health Minute, I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta.