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10 Fun Facts about Swimming

1. An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories, which burns more calories than running or biking

2. One of the many mistakes people assume is that pools cost less to build in the winter time

3. It is important to rinse your body before going into a pool while you’re on vacation, a recreational pool, etc. More than 40% of people skip the rinse-off area before dipping in the pool. Chances are you are swimming in perspiration, lotions, urine, and other microbes found on our skin and hair (Cross, 2015).

4. Today’s trend at residential pools are competition pools, where there is a combination of the pools, with one portion being for leisure and the other portion is for fitness

5. “My eyes burn when I open my eyes underwater because of the chlorine”. This is highly a myth, the water burns your eyes because your pH level is not balanced. It is recommended to aim for a pH balance of 7.2 – 7.8

6. The Titanic was the first major ship that had a swimming pool

7. In the first four Olympics, swimming competitions were not held in pools, but in open water. The first was in the Mediterranean Sea (1896), the Seine river (1900), a manmade lake (1904), and back in the Mediterranean sea (1908).

8. For those who live in cooler regions, a heat pump can take 24-72 hours to heat a pool by 20 degrees Fahrenheit

9. Most popular swimming game is Marco Polo, where an individual is chosen to be ‘Marco’ and the others are ‘Polo’. Its a variation of tag, Marco has to find Polo with their eyes closed. They must yell “Marco” and the others must respond “Polo”, so whoever is tagged first, is the new Marco.

10. Avoid sugary and spicy foods before taking a swim, it can cause major discomfort, such as bloating, cramps, and indigestion.

 

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