Loose ankles are a huge part of swimming. If you've got relaxed ankles your legs will kick easily through the water like a fish, generating forward momentum. But if you've got tight, stiff ankles, like a LOT of runners do, your feet can actually "cup" the water and move you backwards, even when you are trying so so hard to move the opposite direction!
To promote efficiency in your kick, take the time to loosen your ankles before a workout.
1. While you are watching television or lounging around the house, try sitting on your ankles. Kneel down and lay the tops of your feet on the ground, then sit back and let your feet extend, point and stretch out. Then sit up and move your ankles with your hands in all directions getting them loose and mobile. Do this nightly and you will be on track for better ankle movement.
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