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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Swimming and Skin Care – Repairing the Skin Barrier

Often pool swimmers complain of water related skin problems. Chlorine has a caustic effect, causing a disruption to the Stratum Corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis) the skin’s barrier. This skin barrier, was coined by Dr. Peter M. Elias of the University of California, San Francisco, an expert on skin barrier and epidermal biology. The Stratum Corneum functions to form a barrier to protect underlying tissue from infection, dehydration, chemicals and mechanical stress. Desquamation, the process of cell shedding from the surface of the stratum corneum, balances proliferating keratinocytes that form in …

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Wet Dry Separated Swim Bag Review

Product description Material: Nylon, The wet compartment is made from translucent PVC material, which is using voltage technology, super waterproof performance. High quality nylon fabric and smooth zipper. Color: Blue Package Size: 42x21x3cm / 16.24×12.2×1.18 inches Shipping Weight: 410g/0.9lb Package Includes:  1 Gonex Swim Tote Bag Features: Two ways to carry: comes with an adjustable and detachable padded shoulder strap, comfortable to carry across body.  Webbing handles for easy carry to and from the pool or beach. Moist separated compartment is specially designed for storing wet clothes after exercise. We offer 2 Year Warranty. Any question, just feel free to contact …

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Swimming and Sleep – If You Have Trouble Sleeping Read This Post

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 29% of U.S. adults report sleeping less than 7 hours per night and 50-70 million have chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders. A CDC analysis of 2006 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in four states showed that an estimated 10.1% of adults reported receiving insufficient rest or sleep on all days during the preceding 30 days. This examination of insufficient was conducted in all 50 states, the CDC analyzed BRFSS data. The current population of the United States of …

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Swim To Lose Weight – It’s Easier Than You Think!

Weight Loss Philosophy We don’t begin our lives overweight or out of shape. There is a myriad of things that happen along the way. Maybe we’ve suffered some kind of set back, an illness, a loss, or other catastrophe that left us over eating for comfort. Maybe we’ve picked up some very bad habits of over indulgence or eating all the wrong foods and don’t know how to repair the damage we’ve caused ourselves. Some may even be born with a propensity to put on the pounds no matter what they did simply …

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