Swimming is one the best physical activity. Swimming makes you fit and keeps your mind calm. In the process of swimming, you continuously move your arms and legs thus upper and lower body strength is improved.
The very first advantage of swimming is that it will help you reduce weight and flatten your abdomen. Some of the advantages of swimming are it reduces the risk of blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases by keeping your body fit and maintaining your body mass index (BMI). Swimming normalizes breathing, cools your mind and stimulates circulation. It may be good for asthma patient.
We all are aware that there is one big disadvantage of swimming is the chlorine in the pool that can tan your skin. Chlorine disinfects the pool water and keeps the swimmers safe from germs. Water is a very easy mode to pass any infection, to avoid known and unknown infection chlorine is added. When the chlorine is added to contaminants, such as ammonia from urine in the water, it breaks down and neutralizes the ammonia. Chlorine also interacts with organic compounds such as human and animal waste to eliminate health threats.
Chlorine water as well as exposure to sun will make your skin tanned. Chlorine tanning your skin is a very common issue with swimmers. It is just an irritant that can react with your skin and create rashes, dry skin etc. one can go to swimming from 6 am to 8 am or 6 pm to 10 pm to avoid sun burn or sun tan. Even if you are going early morning and late evening massage sun screen on your skin before you enter the pool. Every 20 minutes apply the sun screen and then get into the pool again. There are creams available that can be applied in the night before you go to bed to avoid tanning. Once you are out of the pool, wash off thoroughly with a mild soap/body wash. Wash your hair irrespective of you wearing a swim cap. There is something called pre swimming lotion available, you can buy that too. Wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes.
If you have a severe chlorine infection or a sun burn do not get into the pool for 2-3 days till the infection reduces. It most of the pools PH is checked and then only you are allowed to swim. The pH level in your pool should be about the same as the pH level of human tears, 7.2, though in the range of 7.2 - 7.6 is optimal.
Swimming is a wonderful exercise for a pregnant woman. 30 minutes of swimming daily is equal to 1 hour of aerobics exercise. It is agreed safe for a pregnant woman as well as your baby in the womb. Nursing mothers can take slow start. You can start when your child is 3 months old. It will help you reduce weight and shape up.
Put your kids to swimming at a very young age. They will be away from water fear. Once they learn swimming in pool they can learn being bold in water sports. Swimming increases confidence by making you look good and fit. Swimming to said burn 400 to 500 Kcal for 30 - 40 minutes
I hope this information has helped you. To know more talk to gynecologist and dermatologist.