Things To Consider Before Swimming

Swimming is one of the best cardio exercises that suits most of the people. It burns calories and fat without putting too much stress on the joints. However swimming is still a sport that can cause several issues if not done properly.  Here are few things you should consider before getting in to the pool.

Health

Health is the number one for swimming. If you have had previous wounds it is better to go to a physio services at Oakleigh to make sure you are in good shape to restart exercises. Make sure you don’t have any muscle pains or any severe heart conditions. For example if you are recovering from a stroke or a heart attack high cardio activity like swimming is not advised until you are fully recovered. Also if you have had a surgery of any kind and the stitches are fresh, it is not hygienic to get in a pool. Other health factors like if you have asthma or cold you shouldn’t be swimming.

How long do you need to swim?

If you are taking up swimming as a weight loss exercise, make sure you figure out exactly how long you need to swim and what is the intensity level. Usually when you visit a professional in dieting and weight loss, they should be able to tell you for how long you should swim. If you are overweight and have never taken up swimming before, you need to start slow and simple to avoid injuries. If you swim in a high intensity and experience muscle pain and joint pain, you may have to visit a sports injury clinic to sort out the issue. So it is important to find out what you level of cardio endurance is and engage in activities accordingly.

Allergies

Some people are allergic Chlorine and sun. Most of people get bad sunburns and heat related issues when swimming. To avoid this if you have any conditions similar to this, it is better to swim in the night or use a high SPF sun block cream to protect the skin. Even if you don’t have allergies it is still better to use a sun cream to prevent any skin conditions caused by Chlorine and sun.

Pool conditions

Before you jump in to the pool, see whether if you know the pool. Check if it been cleaned properly and the depth of the pool. Especially if you are swimming in a new pool or in an area where you have not been before, checking the depth of the pool is a good way to start. Most people are afraid of deepwater and before you start panicking in the pool find out if you are okay with the depth of it.

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