Swimming is a wonderful sport. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths that people believe that can stop them from wanting to swim or learning. Below are some of the most commonly believed myths about swimming and the truths behind them.
Even though the swimmers that you’re seeing on television are chiseled, most of the people who swim don’t look this way. Don’t feel intimidated and think that you have to be in good shape to swim, because nothing is further from the truth.
You may think that you can’t lose any weight when you’re swimming, but this is a huge myth. There are many people who have lost weight fairly quickly thanks to swimming. Swimming is great exercise, because you use a lot of your muscles. You really get a workout and the best part is that it’s low impact, which makes it wonderful for people who have arthritis.
You may not notice that you’re sweating as much as you do when you’re running, but you still are sweating. When you’re exercising in any capacity, your heartrate Is going up and you are going to start sweating.
Since you’re in water, you probably aren’t noticing you’re sweating like you do out of the water. But you can get dehydrated while swimming, so make sure you’re always drinking lots of water before you swim, while you’re swimming (take a break and grab your water bottle), and then when you get out.
Many people believe this, and it can actually be dangerous. When you’re holding your breath, it can make carbon dioxide build up. This will make you feel as if you are gasping for breath. Rather, focus on exhaling bubbles continuously through your mouth and nose while your face’s in the pool or ocean between your inhales.
If you are just starting to swim, begin slow. When your face is dipped underwater, begin blowing some bubbles. You can also practice humming while underwater.
This is one of the most commonly believed myths. Many people though that the energy that’s needed for digesting food would take the energy from your legs and arms. This is not true. Digestion is put on hold during exercise. However, it’s not a good idea to eat a huge meal before swimming. A snack is fine. But not a holiday dinner!
These are just five myths that you may have heard about swimming. Remember that swimming is a fun and relaxing sport, and that it can also help you lose weight.
If you have any questions or you would like to learn how to swim, contact me today. I am always glad to answer your questions and allay any fears that you have about swimming. Contact me today and let me show you how great swimming is.
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