We all think of swimming as a fun summertime activity that can involve the whole family, but you might not have thought of swimming as being one of the best workouts available. Swimming is slowly taking the exercise world by storm because of its low-impact ability to get the body moving in a highly engaging manner. There are a plethora of reasons swimming is one of the most preferred methods of exercise nowadays.
For one, swimming is ideal for people who are obese or have mobility issues. The water suspends your entire body, allowing you to get your joints moving in a low-impact manner. This is why it’s ideal for individuals who have arthritis or other bone issues. Another wonderful thing about swimming as a form of exercise is that it helps to increase your heart rate and cardiovascular ability. This aids in weight and fat loss, which is something that most people who exercise are trying to achieve.
Before getting into any type of exercise routine, it’s important to talk to your doctor about what’s best for you. There are a variety of classes you can take to help you become more coordinated in the water. If you are not used to swimming as a form of exercise, a quick pool cardio class will get you started. If you have a pool at home, this helps you to get active all summer long so long as the weather permits. You’ll find that swimming is also a refreshing way to workout because you’re able to cool off on hot days while still getting some daily exercise into your busy schedule. Despite the fact that there are so many different workout methods available, swimming continues to be on the top of the list and is preferred by millions of people of all different ages and fitness levels. Be sure to make it a habit to exercise often, as this will help to improve your physical well-being and health.
It’s estimated that the number of adults swimming in England is fast declining. The assessment shows that adult swimming has dropped by over half a million in the past ten years. There seems to be no change even after 500 new swimming pools were opened all over the country since 2006.According to the Sports Data England, over 2.5 million people swam in 2015/2016, which is down by 776,000 from 3.7 million recorded in 2005-2006.The Armature Swimming Association attributes this to other activities such as wild swimming and aquacise.
Despite the shift to alternative swimming options, swimming remains the country’s mass population sport with 20 people over the age of 14 participating at least once every week. Other surveys like the Sports England Active Survey shows a 24percent decline in the daily swimming participation, but this is subject to debate.
Evaluating the swimming decline
NickCapin, the director of the armature swimming association, notes that the country has a greater swimming challenge and measures have to be taken to ensure this is rectified. According to him, the real problem isn’t in the figures but rather water based activities that people indulge in. In his assessment, if swimming pools are developed to the right standards and all amenities provided, then we should see a decline in activities such as aquacise and wild swimming.
In contrast, the Olympic silver medalist Keri-Anne thinks that people are looking for different things from swimming these days. Anne thinks that people are taking a different role and there hasn’t been any drop-off in people taking up swimming. Keri reiterates that there are people who like adventure, and such individuals will go out on nature walks and take a dive in rivers. Also, some triathletes love wild swimming, and this is a new element of what people are looking for in swimming.
The summer is almost here. Many people are looking forward to spending their days by the pool. Recent research suggests that your pool may be laced with something else besides water. There is no way to determine how much urine is in our pools, but we all suspect that there is. Though the presence of urine in a swimming pool isn’t a big issue, it’s not a negligible health risk.
The Level of Urine in Our Pools
Up until now — thanks to researchers at Canada’s University of Alberta — there was no way of assessing the amount of urine in a pool. These scientists have come up with a new way which involves measuring the levels of an artificial sweetener present in urine to measure the amount of urine in a pool. Acesulfame potassium is the name of the sweetener, which was present in the 29 hot tubs sampled by the chemists in both Alberta and British Columbia.
This sweetener is mostly found in chewing gum, toothpaste, desserts, beverages, and condiments. Acesulfame potassium passes the body without being metabolized, hence a good proxy for urine. Unlike potassium, urea and other markers of urine that also appear in sweat as well, the sweetener is exclusively secreted in urine. In a pool that is one-third the size of an Olympic-size swimming pool (220,000-gallon), there were an estimated 20 gallons of urine. There were nearly 8 gallons of urine in an 110,000-gallon residential pool.
The mixture of personal beauty products, sweat, and urine reacts with chlorine in the pool to form a layer of disinfection by-products. The side effects of this chlorine compound include irritation in the skin, lung, and eyes. However, the lead scientist on the project maintained that the benefits of a swimming workout outweigh the risks associated with the compound.
Saturday June 10, 2017 may go down in the annals of swimming history as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made an announcement that would change the face of Olympic swimming. In an attempt to boost female participation in the sport as well as to extend the appeal of Olympic sports to the younger generation, the committee announced the addition of two new individual events as well as the addition of mixed-gender relays to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
On the men’s side, the 800 meter freestyle was added while the 1500 meter freestyle rounds out the distance events of the women’s side. These two distance events being added provides a historic event as, for the first time, male and female swimmers will be able to swim the exact same events on the swimming line-up. This will surely be of interest to swimmers like Katy Ledecky, the American female distance swimmer who would be a major contender to win the first ever gold in the new event. Furthermore, this will allow distance swimmers to medal in more events in Tokyo.
While the addition of distance events was met with appreciation and excitement, the addition of a mixed-gender relay was met with mixed reviews. This event would be a new 400 meter relay that would see the competition of teams of two male and two female swimmers from a country. This event has been present for two years at the summer world championships for swimming; however, many countries have not taken this event seriously. The addition creates some confusion as nations must begin to seriously creating a mixed gender relay for the summer championships in anticipation for the event’s unveiling in three years in Japan.
As of right now, swimmers and coaches around the world can only speculate about the immediate and long-term effects of the announcement; hopefully these changes will help achieve the IOC’s goal to achieve record levels of female participation for the 2020 games.
Ismail Zuliac is a six-year-old boy who was born without arms. He also has a deformed foot. However, he has not let that stop him from becoming a swimmer. His parents thought that introducing him to swimming at a young age would help him.
Amel Kapo is a sports graduate. She teaches swimming classes to children with disabilities. She stated that children with disabilities are born different, but that does not have to stop them. She teaches them how to adapt to their disability so that they can swim.
The swimming classes that Amel teaches are free. Ismail’s parents are poor and can barely afford to drive him to swim classes every week. Spid, which is the name of the company that sponsors the free swimming lessons, has been helping the family cover the cost of fuel.
Amel’s hard work caught the attention of the Swim Strong Foundation. This is a non-profit organization that is based in New York. Shawn Slevin is the founder of the organization. He has stated that he wants to build the confidence level of disabled children. If their confidence is built, then they will believe that there is nothing that they cannot do.
It is estimated that 6.5 percent of children in Bosnia who are between the ages of two and nine have a disability. Many of these children do not have the equipment that they need in order to function such as adapted furniture and support bars. Ismail will begin school this fall. It is likely that his school will not have what he needs.
However, Ismail has managed to beat the odds. He is training for the World para-swimming champion, which will take place in Germany later in the year. Ismet is inspired by his son’s resilience. He stated that his son has taught him to appreciate life more.
Although the swimming season has just gotten underway, Mehdy Metella has gotten off to a great start. On day 5 of French competition, he hit the worlds qualifying mark of 52.08 seconds with an impressive time of 51.98. Although his personal bests are a bit under this mark, it was a successful race nonetheless. Over the past few years, Metella has cemented his name as one of France’s most prominent swimmers. The fly is his best event, but his accomplishments in the medley and backstroke are notable as well. His teammates describe his swimming style as powerful and graceful. When Metella was looking for his third gold of the meet, he turned to large strokes to guide him to the finish. He was well ahead of the competition at the finish line, and he celebrated with his usual victory at the end. Other competitors such as Charlotte Bonnet raced after him. In the coming months, look for Metella to challenge national records at private meets. He is well known for a fast metabolism that allows him to recover quickly after races. This allows him to double or triple with ease. In particular, he uses these techniques for the 100 fly. In a post race interview, he said, “expect great things…my training is going well and my schedule is right on track.” We have full confidence that he will use this race as a benchmark for other qualifying marks for the world championships.
Public swimming pools can look harmless on the surface, but new research suggests that there are more infections than you might imagine. Since 2014, the number of infections from public pools has nearly doubled across the nation. As we quickly approach the summer, this number is sure to skyrocket even further. Scientists have found evidence of Crypto and lice in recent samples. While these infections are not lethal, they are easily transmittable and a huge deterrence to anybody trying to enjoy their summer. The good news is that there are measures to avoid these infections. Covering your body while you swim is a fantastic step. Just as your body natural avoids consuming pool water, a wetsuit prevents small particles from contacting your skin. This is not a foolproof method, but it is a great move in addition to preventing sunburn. Another way to avoid infections is by swimming in private pools or the ocean. Public pools see more traffic and unknown users than other bodies of water. If you swim in an area that is regularly cleaned, the water will be cleaner and safer to use. Public swimming pools are great sources of fun, but remember that there are dangers hidden below the surface. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend caution while using these pools this summer. For more information, visit their website where you can find a full list of contractable conditions and unwanted bacteria.
Many people drink a sports beverage before they go swimming because they think that the beverage will improve their performance. However, a new study that was done by the Royal College of Pediatrics and Children’s Health has proven that sports drinks do not improve performance. The study involved 19 subjects who were between the ages of 11 and 17.
All of the subjects were all competitive swimmers. They were asked to drink water, sports drink or nothing at all before they went swimming. The study authors measured their performance using electronic timing equipment.
The results of the study showed that the subjects who did not drink anything swam faster than those who drank water or a sports beverage. The study also showed that people who drank water swam faster than those who drank a sports beverage. The researchers concluded that neither water nor sports beverages benefits an athlete’s performance.
They also noted that sports beverages are sugar-sweetened beverages. Gavin Partington is the director general of the British Soft Drinks Association. He stated that sports drinks are designed to hydrate you before and after intense exercise. However, it is important to note that how active you are will influence how sports beverages affect your body. The other beverages that you have drunk during the day will also affect how your body is affected by a sports beverage.
There is a lot of news about swimming right now. Many people of all ages are looking to take their health to new levels. Regular exercise can be boring and ineffective. Swimming is one of the best exercises that you can do for a variety of reasons. Not only is it easier on your joints, but you are able to build muscle and burn fat during the process as well. This makes swimming a highly recommended activity to add to your daily or weekly regimen.
One of the biggest issues with people’s health today is their heart health. Many people today go weeks or months without any form of exercise in their life. The best way to live a healthy lifestyle is to eat healthy and exercise. Few people eat what they should in their diet, so it is important to exercise when you can. Swimming is great because it is an easy activity that everyone can do. If you are ready to take your health to a new level, swimming is the way to accomplish that goal.
Before you go out and swim for hours, many doctors recommend that you start slow to prevent injury. Swimming is an activity that uses energy throughout your body. After you are done, you are going to be more tired than you realize. This is great for burning calories, but you need to make sure you are doing it the right way.
There is nothing more relaxing than taking a nice, cool dip in a swimming pool. If it’s a really hot day, then you can spend hours in the water. However, that crystal clear water may not be as clean as you think. Did you know that one gulp of pool water can leave you sick for up to three weeks afterwards? It’s true, and it isn’t because people pee in the water either.
Most people think that chlorine keeps the water clean. While it does help somewhat, it cannot kill some germs. Scientists have found that many pools are infected with crypto. Cryptosporidium is a diarrhea-causing parasitic infection. The U.S. Center for Disease Control states that the numbers are on the increase, and babies are not the only ones spreading this infection.
The spread of this infection is caused when a person comes in contact with the feces of an infected person. Once this infection is contracted, they can experience watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. Those with compromised immune systems seem to be the most at risk. It doesn’t always have to be so obvious as feces floating in the water. The water can become contaminated if a person changes a baby’s diaper and doesn’t properly wash their hands afterwards.
Crypto can survive up to 10 days in the water, even if it is properly chlorinated. The best way to prevent such occurrences is to swim in your own pool or a friend’s pool. The more people that are in the water, the more likely you are to contract such a condition. Public pools are breeding grounds for all sorts of issues, and crypto is a major concern among users. Though that swim may be refreshing, you want to make sure you are protected.