Health Benefits of Swimming

Swimming is an activity that most people engage in for fun. However, studies have shown that numerous health benefits can be associated with this activity.

 

For instance, during swimming one is forced to hold their breath when underwater hence the body adapts by learning how to use oxygen more efficiently. When inhaling, a swimmer takes in more oxygen and exhales more carbon dioxide which increases tidal volume; this lowers blood pressure and reduces the heart rate.

 

Fitness and health often go hand in hand, the efficient use of oxygen that is as result of swimming increases the body’s endurance significantly. This makes it easier for one to engage in other forms of exercise such as running with ease, therefore, contributing to a person’s overall fitness.

 

When swimming, the body uses all the muscles including those that are often underworked. The energy required to engage this muscles leads to the breakdown of excess body fat which improves overall health. Muscles that are often neglected in the daily routine workout such as the traps and deltoids are engaged when swimming.

 

Swimming is a vigorous activity that gets the blood flowing. Studies have shown that exercises performed under water increase the blood flow to the brain compared to those conducted on land.

 

Swimming has been found to possess extreme stress relieving benefits. Endorphins that are induced during exercise which in this case is swimming contribute to lowering stress levels. When one is immersed underwater, senses are dulled which creates a feeling of calmness in the body hence reducing stress levels. A few laps around the pool after a long stressful day at the office will do wonders for the body.

 

Due to efficient cardiovascular performance, reduced cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure regular swimmers appear younger than they are.

 

 

Drowning Boy Saved by Man Who Can’t Swim

A recent police report claims that a man who had  never learned how to swim put heroism ahead of practice, leaping into the pool of a New Jersey La Quinta Inn to save a nine-year-old boy from drowning.

 

Officers with the Fairfield police claim that a Paterson female and her male companion were swimming in the motel’s pool with their five children, ranging in age between 1 and 9 years. None of the pool-goers had learned how to swim and the nine-year-old had gone below the water’s surface.

 

While the woman’s companion fled to the front desk in order to get help, Randolph Tajada-Perez, a resident of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, overheard the companion’s panicked cries and ran to save the boy. Tajada-Perez was in the middle of checking in when the companion made it to the front desk. While Tajada-Perez had just as little training in swimming as the children or the adult parties involved, he wasted no time in plunging into the pool to save the child. After several attempts, the boy was resuscitated and is currently in stable condition.

 

The process of drowning is divided up into four stages.The drowning process begins the moment that a person is unable to keep his head above water.

  1. The moment that the body needs to refresh its oxygen supply upon voluntarily holding one’s breath.
  2. Fluids enter the person’s airway or are swallowed.
  3. Oxygen empties the body and breathing stops.
  4. Irreversible brain damage as a result of oxygen deprivation.

 

 

Why Swimming Is Great For Your Health

Every type of exercise can benefit your health. However, swimming is different from other types of aerobic exercise. Being in the water lessens the effects of gravity. That is why it is a great choice for people who suffer from osteoarthritis. Many people with this disorder find that other types of exercise are extremely painful.

 

Studies have shown that swimming can reduce stiffness in the arteries. This is one of the factors that increases the risk of heart problems. It can also lower blood pressure. Swimming is also a great exercise for people who are overweight or obese. Overweight people find that running is too uncomfortable or hot.

 

Even though swimming is a low-impact exercise, it is extremely effective. Water is dense, so it does put pressure on your joints. However, the pressure is evenly distributed. That is why swimming is much better for your joints than other types of exercise.

 

When you run or ride your bike, you have a tendency to breathe shallowly. However, when you swim, your breaths are deeper. Additionally, swimming helps you work all of the major muscle groups of your body. That is why swimmers typically have toned bodies.

 

David Tanner is the research associate at Indiana University. He has stated that people who are interested in swimming will need to start out slowly. You do not want to do too much soon. You can start off by doing three 30 minute sessions per week. Furthermore, you should relax while you are in the water.

 

Why It Is Bad To Swim While You Are Sick

Many people compete in swimming competitions during the winter months. People are also more likely to develop the cold and flu during the winter months. An intense swimming schedule can increase one’s risk of developing the cold or flu. The body produces more cortisol when it is under intense stress. This can weaken the immune system.

Chlorine is supposed to kill the germs in the pool. However, public pools often have less than the recommended amount of chlorine. This can put you at risk for developing a number of illnesses. Additionally, if you choose to swim while you are sick, then you can easily make your teammates sick.

Your body works overtime when you are sick. If you try to work out while you are sick, then you will not be able to perform at your optimal level. That is why health experts recommend that you avoid exercising if you are sick.

Keep in mind that you can still swim if you have a minor cold. However, if you have fever, chills and upset stomach, then this is not something that you want to ignore. You may have the flu.

If you are battling the flu, then it is best to take some time off from swimming so that you can properly recuperate. You may be hesitant to take a break because you are worried about how the break will impact your overall appearance. However, this will help you recover more quickly. The quicker you recover, the quicker you will be able to return to the pool.

US Swimmer Wins at Ontario Event

While most people only focus on international swimming during the Olympics, the sport of international swimming is actually a year round sport that has many significant competitions each year. According to a recent news article (http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2016/12/10/american-record-for-olympic-swimmer-huntington-beachs-tom-shields/) a popular swimmer from United States continued his success at a world championship race in Ontario.

This past week, at the FINA World Swimming Championship in Ontario, US swimmer Tom Shields won a gold medal in the 50 meter butterfly while also breaking a US swimming record. Shield earned his personal best time of 22.38 seconds in the race, which boasted several of the top swimmers in the world. Shields also won a silver medal in a freestyle race in which he swim the last leg. In this race, he took over when the US team was in fifth place but was able to bring them all the way back to second.

This is not the first time that Shields has had significant success at an international event. He has won multiple gold medals in the Olympics as a member of various relay teams. Shields also figures to be a future major contributor in the next Olympics after the retirement of Michael Phelps. He is already considered one of the top competitors in the world in the butterfly race and will use that strength and various relays and upcoming events. He will also work to position himself to win medals in individual races as well.

Swimming and Social Integration in Switzerland

Should Swiss Muslim girls be forced to swim with boys? Muslim integration has been an ongoing issue in Europe for the past several years. In 2009, a woman in France was banned from swimming in a public pool in a burkini, and in 2013, a German judge ruled that a 13-year old girl must attend mixed gender swimming lessons. The latest debate occurred in Switzerland.

 

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Switzerland was justified in “enforcing the full school curriculum” when two Swiss nationals, of Turkish origin, refused to send their daughters to mandatory swimming lessons in the Swiss town of Basel. The parents insisted that forcing the girls, ages seven and nine, to go to swimming lessons with boys was a violation of article nine of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

 

The European Court of Human Rights, however, said a full Swiss education is part of successful social integration, and that laws are intact to prevent students from any type of social exclusion. Exemptions from lessons are rare. The parents were fined 1,400 Swiss francs for not sending the girls to swimming lessons.

 

Muslim social integration is a controversial issue in Europe. Politicians continue to debate the effects of multiculturalism, secular tradition, female equality, cultural assimilation and social integration. Is forcing Swiss Muslim girls to swim with boys a violation of religious freedom or an attempt at social integration? It depends which end of the pool your on.

 

David Wilkie Swims Too Fast at Age 62

If you have ever exercised at a community pool, you have probably witnessed some breaches of etiquette. It is unlikely, though, that you have seen a senior citizen receive a warning for swimming to fast. That is exactly what happened in the United Kingdom recently, though.

According to the BBC, Olympic gold medalist David Wilkie, age 62, was warned by a swimming pool lifeguard that he was swimming too fast. The Bracknell lifeguard said that he believed it was poor etiquette for Wilkie to swim at an excessive speed. Wilkie responded that he was just trying to do his best, as any swimmer would.

It is amusing to picture a 62-year-old retired swimmer jetting through the water at the local YMCA. There must, however, be hundreds of former Olympic athletes swimming laps at community pools.

One of the great things about swimming is that it is a lifelong sport. Unlike some other athletes (e.g., football, baseball, and basketball players), champion swimmers can keep swimming for the rest of their lives. Although they might not stay in true Olympic form for long, they will probably tend to be exceptionally fast for their age throughout their lives.

Is swimming too fast a serious problem at public pools? It is true that swimmers must accommodate each other’s relative speeds when they are sharing a lane, and perhaps that was the very circumstance in the Wilkie story. If you see a 62-year-old speeding through the pool, though, consider just letting him go.

 

Swimmers Raise Money For Charity

While many people were out celebrating the New Year, 55 swimmers in California were raising money for charity. The Piranhas Swim Club swam several miles to raise money for the Angel View Charity.

 

The Piranhas Swim Club managed to raise $4,000 for the Angel View Charity. Not only did they raise money to benefit Angel View, but they also inspired people. Fifty-two-year old Chris Vargo was one of the people who participated in the event. He was born blind and had broken his collarbone last year. However, that did not stop him from reaching his goal.

 

Chris’s goal was to swim at least 14 strokes per lane. Abby Kartzinel, who is only 13-years-old, was the youngest participant. She was in the area visiting her grandparents and decided to participate in the event.

 

Jeff Conwell and Steve Erickson sponsored the event. Jeff stated that being able to serve the communities is an honor. He also stated that he was happy to see the smiles of the participants when they reached their personal goals.

 

Angel View is an organization that provides care to special needs adults. It has an outreach program and special education classes. The company also provides outreach services to families who have children with disabilities. It served over 600 children in 2016. Families are able to get these services for free. Angel View is committed to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.

 

USSA Recognizes Michael Phelps

Winner of 23 gold medals, Michael Phelps has been dubbed the top male athlete of the year by the United States Sports Academy. This comes after a year in which Phelps won six medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The Maryland native has won more medals than anyone else in Olympic history. This is the third time the swimmer has received the award, and he remains the only swimmer ever honored by the Academy.

 

The USSA determines the winner by taking into consideration the votes cast online by the public each month. Using these votes as a guideline, the Academy chooses an athlete to recognize an athlete of the month. At the end of the year, the athletes on this short list of 12 candidates become eligible for the yearly award. This year, Phelps, Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, and Slovenian ski jumper Peter Prevc were the favorites.

 

On the women’s side, the Academy gave the award to American gymnast Simone Biles. However, another swimmer, 400m individual medley world record holder Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, ranked just behind Biles.

 

The award is only one of many given to Phelps for his performance in the previous year. Among others, he received the USOC SportsMan of the Year Award, the Golden Goggle Male Performance of the Year Award, the Fédération internationale de natation swimmer of the year, and the Swimming World Swimmer of the Year Award (World and American categories). Phelps announced his retirement in 2016.

Poor Weather in Europe? How about Swimming in Barbados?c

Europe has been all foggy and gloomy for the past couple of weeks and all forms of outdoor activities have been cut short. But what do you do if you still crave that nice cool dip in a pool? No problem, pack your bags and head off to Barbados.

 

While many parts of the world are braving the throes of an icy winter, Barbados is busking in the warmest summer Sun and a burst with wanderlust activities. Not only did this scenic Caribbean Island give us the beautiful voice of Rihanna, it also happens to house some of the best beaches in the world. Since swimming is on your mind right now, you definitely have to show up at Carlisle Bay located in Bridgetown. The beach waters are sparkly clear if you fancy a dip, then later on you can snorkel or explore some shipwrecks with the area.

 

For more explorative adventure, you have to visit the many islands surrounding the greater Barbados. We cannot name all of them but some great suggestions should be the islands of Miami, Accra, Crane, Bathsheba, Bat Beach, Silver Sands and Dover. Swim around the islands and head ashore to explore the area till sundown.

 

Though car rental is available, the best way to explore more of Barbados is on a ship tour. The Catamaran sea tour should be on your wish list; be sure to choose the snorkeling package so you can swim in the blue waters flanked by sea turtles.

 

So you don’t have to wrap yourself in heavy blankets and couch surf all day over a bowl of chicken soup. Pack your swim suit and head over to Barbados for a mini vacation. You can go back home in April when the weather is well behaved.