Is swimming good for you? Can you swim after you eat? There are a number of common myths about swimming that may keep you from diving in. But this is a mistake. Swimming is a great exercise and is also a great way to relax. Take a look at these five common swimming myths about swimming and the reasons you can ignore them and jump right in.
5 Swimming Myths Debunked
MYTH #1:Maintenance is too hard
It does take some effort to maintain a pool, but It does not have to be hard. With regular maintenance and small tasks, you can avoid larger, time-consuming messes to clean. By cleaning and balancing the pool weekly, it never gets the chance to become a time-consuming mess. Each week plan to do the following 2-3 hours of work:
- Skim the surface at least twice a week
- Brush and vacuum at least once a week
- Test and balance chemicals at least twice a week
MYTH #2: Wait an hour after eating before diving in
Most people are familiar with the wisdom that you cannot swim within an hour of eating. The ideal is that your body needs time to digest the food. Science says this is not the case. Your body is smart and as you start a physical activity, digestion is postponed. Drinking alcohol, however, has a different story. Close to 70% of water-related deaths were alcohol-related. So feel free to swim after eating, but stay on the dry ground if you’re not sober.
MYTH #3: A clear pool is a clean pool
Clearwater indicates that you have a healthy pool, but does not necessarily mean it’s clean. You may see a glassy surface, but on a microscopic level, there can be a lot going on. A seemingly clean pool could have water that’s way out of balance which leads to contaminants. Regular testing is essential each week so that you can always be aware of exactly what is going on below the surface.
MYTH #4: Swimming is not as good a workout as running
Water workouts are low impact but this doesn’t mean they are not beneficial. In fact, you can burn more calories with swimming than you can with jogging. As a low-impact exercise, more people can swim and do aqua-aerobics. Swimming is one of the best whole-body exercises around.
MYTH #5:Chlorine is dangerous
The first thing to understand is that there is chlorine in your tap water. In tiny amounts, it is a helpful chemical and can sanitize your water, but moderation is everything. Most tap water contains chlorine levels between 2 and 4 parts per million and these are proven to be safe for human consumption.