What is the least strenuous swimming stroke (not counting backstroke)?

Question by Bill: What is the least strenuous swimming stroke (not counting backstroke)?
Which stroke requires the least amount of stamina, allows you to take the most breaths, and would be the best for having to swim long distances like 300+ meters?

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Answer by Bert
definitly front crawl. That’s the most basic, and least tiresome stroke there is. That’s why you see people doing front for like the triathlon and long distances swimming races. You can breathe every stroke or you can hold it a bit, it’s very flexible that way.

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    Julia ;) May 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    freesyle… beathe every stroke if you have to, and just take it slow, if you aren’t in practice then there is no need to rush. :). and don’t loose all of your breath on the turns, cuz then you are just tired for the next 25.
    good luck, hope i helped

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    wannabe_surfer May 16, 2013 at 12:22 am

    free style. im a swimmer…its definately the easiest

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    simplylissa23 May 16, 2013 at 1:18 am

    backstroke, in my opinion, can be one of the most tiring. i’d swim breastroke, you breath everystroke, and it’s a slow paced, little effort stroke.

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    Ohhmann.(: May 16, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I’m a freestyler.(:
    &its pretty easy.

    but breast stroke is the easiest.
    once you get the stroke down,theres nothing to it.(:

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    Natalie May 16, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I like breastsroke the best for long races but freestyle would probably be better

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    X...N...X May 16, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Personally I would say backstroke as it is a lot easier to breathe whilst swimming in this style and I don’t find it as tiring as other strokes. But some people find freestyle, breaststroke or front crawl easier so I guess it’s whatever works for you. Try experimenting to find your strongest stroke. Hope this helped 🙂

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    Daniel L May 16, 2013 at 2:06 am

    breast stroke is definitely the easiest stroke to do. you dont have to expend much energy at all. but for longer distances i would have to go with freestyle.

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    swimminghab May 16, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Dont listen to these people that say breast stroke is the easiest. It is really difficult when going fast and when u nail it with the proper stroke even harder. Backstroke and free are the same difficulty level its been proven. Fly is the hardest so i would say free if u ignore the back.

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    Brady-B May 16, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Breast stroke
    You breath after every stroke and it come more from the legs than the arms, so you tire a lot slower.

    But if its only for 300 meters you should be able to do it using 3 stroke front crawl. (3 pulls one breath)

    If your not a strong swimmer breast stroke is best though.

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