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Fevers After Swimming – What Causes Them?

Complaints of getting a fever after swimming can be dramatic and confusing. Exiting a pool in shivers, is not at all what one expects. Firstly, there may be many reasons for this occurrence and pinpointing exactly to what degree one has a fever and why one has a fever is crucial. In cases of high fevers, with temperatures reaching 103 F (39.4 C) or greater, consult your physician immediately! And, even though, there are many over the counter medications for fevers, knowing the underlying cause of the fever will help in identifying proper …

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Vasa Trainer Pro Review – Can it Increase Swim Speed?

Vasa Trainer Pro & Swim Training Bench Product Description If an exercise machine can help with increasing swimming speed and endurance, wouldn’t it be worth a try? We sure think so here at Swimfolk! The Vasa Trainer Pro is an exercise machine that is specific in targeting muscular strength, balancing, coordination and core power, together with increasing speed and endurance. It works by using one’s own body weight for resistance, making it ideal for safely developing one’s natural form. It’s 64 pounds and made of aluminum monorail and epoxy-coated steel, strong enough to …

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Swimming Exercises For Back Pain

Swimming provides a perfect environment for low-impact conditioning while supporting the body weight. This is wonderful for anyone who suffers from back pain. However, although swimming seems like an ideal remedy for this ailment, some swim strokes are better than others in order to strengthen the muscles and relieve pressure on the spine. When it comes to back and spine issues, range of motion has to be considered in doing any physical activity. If the swim stroke exacerbates the back problem, then, obviously, it will not benefit the swimmer.   Ideal Swim Strokes …

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Floating in Water Techniques

One of the most asked questions in swimming is, “Why can’t I float in water?”  And, obtaining the answer can seem like a confusing mystery, especially when some people just jump in water and tread without moving a muscle. While others splash about, arms and legs moving rapidly, just to keep their heads above water. Then, we find out that much of this is due to the differences in our physiology. How annoying to think that some people are built in such a way that makes them better floaters than others.  Truth is, …

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My Favorite Things – Underwater Gadgets!

“These are a few of my favorite things…” Oh, the joy of the holidays or any day for that matter. What’s great about the past year is how far we’ve come with gadgets that actually accommodate swimmers. Technology has come to swimming in a big way! Who knew that there was a way to help swimmers tell time underwater or record their laps underwater, or how about listening to their favorite tunes – underwater? It’s a brave new underwater world! Swimfolk love it!  Let’s take a dive, shall we? First off, when looking …

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Swimming Freestyle Breathing – Stop Struggling with this Today!

Beginner and Intermediate swimmers can be challenged and even frustrated when learning the breathing technique for the freestyle stroke. For one, the head is submerged in the water for at least 1-3 seconds on a stroke. This can lead some swimmers to take in water and choke. Others may hyperventilate and panic. While still others may compromise their swimming posture and begin to sink. None of these scenarios are ideal. The truth is, without proper technique, training and practice, it’s nearly impossible to achieve the breathing aspect of this stroke. Whether a swimmer …

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Swimming Strengthens Every Muscle – True or False?

So, you decided to start swimming because you wanted to look like this. But, you ended up looking like this. What’s wrong with this picture? Yes, swimming does work practically every muscle in the body, but not all muscles are being developed with the same degree of intensity at the same time. Generally speaking, if strokes are executed with precision, swimmers can strengthen their upper/lower back, glutes, hamstrings, shoulders, triceps, abs, obliques, hip flexors, legs, quadriceps, pectoral and latissimus dorsi muscles and their forearms. This is achievable over all muscle conditioning (including the …

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Eating Before Going Swimming – Healthy Nutrition Matters

Workout Eating Philosophy Eating before, during and after a workout is the prevailing wisdom of the day in order to maintain a healthy body. The foods we eat convert to energy to keep our bodies functioning. The simple science is that what we consume gets broken down into three categories, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. By chewing our food we allow our digestive system to conduct a process that reduces food into molecules (glycogen). During this process, food is sorted into basically two categories; one of usefulness (immediately or for storage in the muscles, …

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Olympic Nation Swimming Goggles – Review

Product description Has panoramic lenses, for crystal clear viewing Seals are made of a soft silicone that is comfortable; a perfect double-seal design, for leak free swimming. Has Anti-Fog Coating that stops the lenses from becoming steamy while swimming. Made for all ages. The strap is easy to adjust between sizes and the quick release clasp on the back means you can fit them in seconds without getting them tangled in your hair. Handy plastic carry case. 12-month warranty a Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces Pros One of the greatest quality of these goggles are how …

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What Exactly is Swimmers Ear?

What exactly is swimmer’s ear? According to the Merriam Webster’s definition, it is an inflammation of the outer ear canal that is characterized by itching, redness, swelling, pain, and discharge that typically occurs when water gets trapped in the outer ear during swimming and becomes infected with a bacterium. After a swim, water can settle in the outer ear canal, the ear part that leads to the inner ear, and get blocked in there by wax, fluids and even dead skin. Aside from this being annoying and uncomfortable, it can become infected due …

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