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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Swimming

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  • Chlorine can turn your hair green.
  • Lean people may have trouble swimming.
  • No sweating, so there is no need to hydrate.
  • Eating before swimming can give you cramps.
  • Keep holding your breath.

Swimming superstitions have a way of becoming accepted truths. These “facts” might prevent you from reaching your full swimming potential. Let us debunk a few of those:

Chlorine can turn your hair green.

If a blonde goes swimming, she may get out of the water to discover that her hair has sprouted green streaks. Despite widespread belief, this is not due to the presence of chlorine. Leaks in the plumbing or the heating system are the most common causes of metal particles being found in swimming pools.

Having none of your fears! The yellowish cast may be eliminated by washing the hair with mild lemon water or simply by washing the hair thoroughly after swimming.

Lean people may have trouble swimming.

It’s popular to attribute difficulty swimming to one’s body type, with comments like “I’m a sinker, not a floater” being thrown about. Nevertheless, many animals have enough fat to float on the water’s surface. However, many of the world’s best swimmers have very low body fat levels. With proper instruction, however, almost anybody can acquire the ability to swim. Regardless of your build, you may improve your strength, stroke technique, and ability to float and relax while swimming. 

No sweating, so there is no need to hydrate.

The sweat on your forehead and the dryness in your throat are just temporary side effects of sports that don’t need water. Even though you may be short of breath, you may not feel thirsty for a while. But that’s no excuse to skip drinking water! It would be best to always have your water bottle close by when you’re out for a swim, a jog, or simply standing around.

Eating before swimming can give you cramps.

Even though some swimmers have cramps after eating too close to their planned swim time, a light lunch will still provide the energy you need to compete, so don’t skip it!

Before getting into the water, most swimmers can have a small sandwich or protein bar. You may prevent a fit of dizziness brought on by hunger while swimming if you maintain a consistent blood sugar level. In the same way, you shouldn’t eat hot wings and jump directly into the pool; you should have a small lunch before going out and about.

Keep holding your breath.

The idea that you must suppress your breathing to swim underwater is untrue. When swimming underwater, it is best to exhale or blow bubbles so that your lungs are prepared to take in air when you come up for air. If you do not exhale or blow bubbles, you risk drowning. This removes the inefficient requirement to simultaneously exhale and inhale as your face emerges from the water, saving you time and energy. For you to enhance your time, all you need to do becomes used to breathing out as you swim.

Once we have more information, we can make better decisions. We hope that, by dispelling these beliefs, you’ll be better able to put your swimming efforts where they’ll do the most good.

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