Owning a Swimming Pool Versus Belonging to a Swim Club

Now that the summer is almost here, many people are trying to spend more time outdoors being more active. One of the best summertime activities that’s not only a lot of fun for people of all ages but also very physically beneficial is swimming. Swimming is a great low-impact exercise that gets your whole body moving. The question you might have is whether it’s more advantageous to buy your own pool for the backyard or join a local swim club.

 

If you buy your own pool, this is a pretty hefty investment but you’ll have full access to it at all times. The only issue with having your own swimming pool is the amount of work that goes into maintaining it. For instance, you need to buy filters, chlorine and cleaning tools to keep the pool looking its best. You also need to invest in a good quality cover to prevent leaves and debris from falling into the pool during off-hours. Apart from all of the maintenance, the pool has to be set up and you’ll need a lot of space in the yard for it to fit safely.

 

Swim clubs are great because they take the guesswork out of owning a pool. You just visit the club at virtually any time you want, swim as long as you want and go home. You don’t have to worry about cleaning the pool or keeping it maintained. These clubs also come with lifeguards who keep an eye on you and your family while you’re all swimming. The main disadvantage to belonging to a swim club is the price attached. It’s not uncommon to pay a few hundred dollars per season just to have access to the pool. Plus, you’ll be subject to their rules, regulations and open hours. This means that if you want to go swimming at 9 p.m. and the club is closed, you’re out of luck and won’t be able to get there until the next day.

 

Whether you belong to a club or choose to buy your own pool, the importance is incorporating exercise into your daily life and making it a routine to go swimming.

 

Teen Punches Shark That Bit Her

Caitlyn Taylor is a 17-year-old who is recovering from injuries that she sustained from a S. She was swimming in Destin, Florida when a shark bit her leg. Caitlyn realized that she had to think fast. She punched the shark in the face several times.

 

Caitlyn kept punching the shark until it left her go. She had six puncture wounds from the shark bite. She also had cuts on her legs and hands. Caitlyn’s mother, Tracey, stated that her daughter had to get between 120 and 140 stitches.

 

Caitlyn is a student at Atherton High School. She is a member of the school’s softball team and was in town for a tournament. She was forced to drop out of the tournament after her shark attack. Caitlyn posted an update on her Twitter account. She stated that she is recovering and thanked everyone for the support that they gave her. She also posted a picture of her injuries.

 

Caitlyn also stated that she is lucky to be alive. Shark attacks are rare in Okaloosa County, which is where the incident took place. This is the fourth attack that occurred in Okaloosa County since 1882. The authorities do not know what type of shark attacked Caitlyn.

 

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office released a statement saying that Caitlyn’s punch was hard enough to drive the shark away. Paige, who is Caitlyn’s sister, stated that the event was traumatizing. However, she is happy that her sister is strong and a fighter. One of Caitlyn’s friends stated that she has an amazing survival story.

 

Caitlyn did not realize that a shark was approaching her at first because it was in the waves. She thought it was a dolphin. She did not notice it was a shark until she looked down after it tugged at her leg.

 

Swimming Provides Unmatched Health Benefits

Swimming has often been considered a very fun recreational activity, which also provides people with a great workout. While swimming for exercise has been a common practice for decades, a recent news article (http://www.counselheal.com/articles/34716/20170306/swimming-health-benefits.htm) has pointed out that it could be the best type of workout of all. There are many health and physical benefits that come with swimming, which are not matched by other types of physical activity.

 

One benefit of swimming is that it is a true full-body workout. When you swim, and use the right form, you will use all of your body’s muscles. It is particularly good for people that are looking to strengthen their core and legs. However, it also provides a great workout for the arms, back, and shoulders.

 

Swimming is also an ideal type of workout because it has the ability to reduce the level of gravity while exercising. People that are suffering from arthritis or are obese could have a very hard time running or doing other forms of cardio due to the amount of pressure these exercises put on their joints. However, those that are able to swim can do so while putting much less stress on their muscles. Swimming also puts more external pressure on your body, which can actually help to reduce some strain discomfort that you have in your muscles and ligaments.

 

While swimming can seem like a tough exercise to do, it is actually considered one of the most fun as well. Those that like to swim for exercise are far more likely to continue to workout than those that choose other forms of exercise. Part of this is associated with its effectiveness as a form of exercise, but also do to the fact that swimming can help someone to have a better sense of well being.

 

There are also a variety of other health benefits that have been linked to swimming. Some doctors believe that swimming can help to improve your metabolism, reduce anxiety, reduce depression symptoms, and help to treat asthma.

 

Swimming Prosthetics Restores the Hope of Swimming to a War Veteran

People who have suffered accidents that claimed one of their limbs have always had a problem trying to adapt a new way of life. However, advancements in the technology have allowed people who have lost their legs to walk again with the help of prosthetics. Walking on land with the use of a prosthetic leg has been easy but navigating through water remains a challenge until March 2017. Northwell Health in collaboration with JWT New York worked together to create a swimming prosthetic for a veteran.

About Dan Lasko

Dan Lasko, a 34 years old former Marine had an explosion in Afghanistan that claimed the lower part of his left leg. Lasko who is a longtime triathlete is a father of two boys and currently, lives in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Most amputees have a problem swimming since the prosthetic only acts as an anchor and not for propulsion. This was not different for Lasko until JWT brought the new waterproof prosthetic that provides both propulsion and support while swimming.

Features of the Prosthetics

This is the first prosthetic swim leg that propels the swimmer while swimming just like the original limb. Todd Goldstein is the designer of the amphibious prosthetic that allows the users to engage in both land and aquatic activities. On the sole of the prosthetic are a non-slip tread and a jet-black foot. One part of the leg features an upside down triangle of plastic and nylon that is located at calf height to allow proper propulsion. Additionally, the cone-shaped holes on the prosthetic allow water to pass through it preventing the device from overpowering the natural limb. Goldstein used a 3D printer to include some of these components and correct some issues on the prosthetic.

Conclusion

The triathlete has six different types of prosthetics for walking, cycling, sprinting, and one for high-impact exercise. The new swim leg now adds to the list of the seventh prosthetic on his special closet. The campaign that saw JWT and Northwell Health come together in the creation of the first fully functioning prosthetic aims at developing more prosthetics for people with amputated legs. The prosthetics will be available in the market at $2,000-$5,000 later in the year.

One College, Two National Championships in Same Year:

Many people may have never heard of Olivet Nazarene University. Nestled in the suburbs of Bourbonnais, Illinois, the school is home to roughly 6,000 students. Its biggest claim to fame when it comes to sports is the campus is used by the Chicago Bears for their training camp.

 

Now, however, Olivet Nazarene may have a new reputation in the sporting world, being home to one of the top collegiate swimming programs in the nation.

 

At the recent National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Meet in Columbus, Georgia, the ONU Men’s Team captured its second consecutive national title, garnering 658.5 points. Not to be outdone, the Olivet Nazarene Women’s Team won its first ever national championship, accumulating 639 points. The two squads combined won 14 individual national championships. Your text to link…

 

The honors didn’t stop there for ONU. On the Men’s side, Magnus Poulsen was named the NAIA Swimmer of the Year after winning national championships in both the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly. Shane Brinson was voted the NAIA Diver of the Year for winning the championship in both the one and three meter dives. For the women, Amanda Moran got first in the 200 backstroke, setting a new NAIA record of 1:56.87 and being recognized for the best performance of the national meet. ONU Women’s Coach Scott Teeters was named the NAIA Coach of the Year.

 

Along with the same school taking home men’s and women’s national championships, SCAD Savannah from Georgia was the national runners up for both the men and women.

 

Finding Low Cost Swimming Options

Swimming is a great way to have fun and get active. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a reliable pool that you’re able to use on a regular basis. During the winter months, it can be especially problematic to find a place that offers indoor swimming. One way to find a great low cost swimming pool is by checking out your local recreational centers. Facilities like the YMCA or Boys and Girls Club often have indoor swimming pools available to patrons. These pools are either free or are part of the membership to join the facility’s club.

 

In the summer, many areas have public swimming pools that you can utilize. These pools charge the same as any theme park would, providing a seasonal membership card to those who pay to use their services. The beauty about joining a club and using their pool is that you can go, have fun and leave. There is no maintenance or cleaning required on your part as this is all included in your membership.

 

If you would rather have a pool in your backyard for convenience’s sake, you need to find a quality product that is built to last. Look for pools that are both easy to set up and relatively maintenance-free. Many above-ground pools have filters attached so that you have consistently clear water all throughout the summer. Investing in a hard cover for the pool, as opposed to a tarp, will keep the water clean and debris-free when it isn’t in use. Investing in a pool for your yard can be a lot of money, but just think of all the membership fees you’ll save on by not having to travel to have access to a water hole. Swimming is great for kids and adults alike as it’s an interactive activity that’s easy on the joints.

 

Why You Should Avoid Swimsuit Shopping Online

The summer is a great time to get outdoors and visit the local beach to soak up the sun. Sadly, many women find this experience to be frightening because of self-esteem issues related to seeing their body in a swimsuit. Swimsuit season is difficult for a lot of women and teen girls, but it can be made worse if you don’t have a great suit to wear. With the internet readily available, a lot of women are finding it easy to do their shopping online. Unfortunately, you may have a bathing suit delivered that doesn’t fit well or isn’t what was shown in the picture. Sure, you can return the garment to the store, but this is a waste of your time and money, as you’ll often have to pay the postage fees to send the item back.

 

The issue with ordering swimsuits online is that you can’t try anything on. Out of all types of garments, you need to know what a bathing suit looks like on you before making the decision to purchase it. If you go to a local store, you’re able to take multiple suits into the dressing room to see what they will look like on you. When shopping online, you’re only going by what the suit looks like on a model. The bathing suit might look fantastic on the model but not fit well when you receive it at home. It might be tempting to take advantage of a great deal on the internet or obtain a suit you wouldn’t normally find in your area but unless you’re absolutely sure of the fit before buying, it’s best to stick with local shops that allow you to try the clothing on. The right swimsuit will help you feel more confident when it’s time to hit the beach.

 

Muslim Swimmers Are Now Allowed To Wear Burkinis

Muslim swimmers in London, England are now able to wear burkinis in swimming competitions. Burkinis are a type of swimsuit that cover the entire body. The Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation sent a special request to the Amateur Swimming Association. The ASA was asked to allow women to wear loose-fitting body suits.

 

Up until now, swimmers were not allowed to wear body suits during competitions. The reason these types of bathing suits were banned was because many people believed that they had qualities that would enhance one’s performance. This new guideline will only apply to swimmers in amateur competitions. The guidelines also state that the swimmers will have to let the referees know that they will be wearing a burkini prior to the competition.

 

The referees are not allowed to ask the participant why they want to wear the burkini. They do not want anyone to be uncomfortable. Chris Bostok is the chairman of the ASA Board. He has stated that the changes are a step in the right direction. He hopes that the changes will encourage more people to participate in the swimming competitions. He also hopes that everyone will be able to reach their full potential.

 

Rimla is a member of the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation. She has stated that the number of Muslim women participating in sports is growing. That is why it is imperative that governing bodies change to fit the needs of these athletes. The organization is pleased with the changes that the ASA has made.

 

Study Finds That Public Pools Have A Lot Of Urine

Many people enjoy going to a public pool. It is a well-known fact that some people urinate inside of a pool. However, these pools may have more urine than most people think. A team of researchers tested two Olympic-sized pools for acesulfame-K (ACE), which is a sweetener that is found in urine.

 

They tested a 220,000 gallon pool. It had 75 liters of urine. They also tested a 110,000 gallon pool. It had 30 liters of urine in it. Additionally, the researchers tested water samples from 250 hot tubs and pools. All of the pools had urine in them. In fact, the pools had 570 times more ACE than tap water.

 

The reason that the researchers checked for ACE is because it is found in pre-packaged foods. It cannot be metabolized by humans, so the body excretes is through urine. The researchers stated that they did not want to scare anyone with the study. However, they do want people to know that the urine in pools is a public health concern.

 

Urine itself is sterile. However, when it reacts with chlorine, it forms a compound that can irritate the respiratory system and eyes. It has also been shown to trigger or worsen asthma.

 

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that health hazards in public pools have been a concern for a long time. Every year, thousands of pools close due to health and safety violations. Many pools do not have the proper PH for killing germs.

 

The Most Stunning Swim Spots around the World That You Should Plan Your Entire Trip Around

When the weather is appropriate, the best and most exciting way to spend your time is through swimming. There is something cool and enticing about oceans or lakes; you should have every reason to plan a trip to one of the best dive sites around the world. Our best picks are from these stunning caverns, waterfalls, lagoons and lakes.

 

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

 

One of the most epic places in the world is Samoa. The country is awash with beautiful sites and spots for all kinds of vacations. This is a must visit place for every traveler. This is a swimming hole that is 98-foot-deep full or turquoise water that is crystal clear. A swim in this area is definitely worth the dime.

 

Silfra, Iceland

 

This magical place is a crack between two tectonic plates, where the Eurasian and North American continents converge. The glacial water is phenomenally clear, so clear that it retains visibility over 300 feet. You can snorkel or dive between two continents.

 

Krka National Park, Croatia

 

Set in Croatia, this fantastic scene is of two rivers coming together to form a stunning set of waterfalls. The emerald-green waters are perfect for swimming and live up to its reputation of having a photogenic hype. The location is at a remote national park.

 

The Great Blue Hole, Belize

 

Only experienced divers should swim in this place. It is a sinkhole, a few miles of the coast of Belize City. The site called Frommer describes this place as the “holy grail” of scuba divers.

 

Havasu Falls Arizona

 

Hidden in the Grand Canyon, about a ten-mile hike is this magical scene. The waters are crystal blue and astoundingly clear that swimming in them is incredibly refreshing to the mind, body, and spirit.