One of the main reasons why people visit a pool is to swim. Getting into the water is therapeutic and it feels amazing! Whether you are an adult or a child, being in the water is fun and you forget about your troubles for a while. However, if you want to make the most out of your time at the pool, you need to know the correct way to behave. In this article, we will discuss the various aspects of swimming and how long you should wait after opening the pool before getting in. So, let’s get started.
When Is The Correct Time To Swim?
There are several factors that determine when it is the right time to swim. First and most importantly, the temperature of the water affects your body temperature. If you feel that you are overheating even though the water is cool, then it is best to stay out. Swimming after heavy meal or drinking a lot of fluids affects your body’s ability to regulate its temperature. So, eat a healthy meal before you go swimming and avoid consuming caffeine and alcohol, which dehydrates you and makes you more easily overheated. Second, the level of chlorine or chlorination in the pool water influences the pH level of your body chemistry. The pH level of your body is important because it affects the performance of your muscles and your immune system. A higher acidity levels (lower pH) is better for your health as it reduces mucus and creates a less acidic environment in your body. Swimming when your urine pH level is above 6.5 is ideal as it reduces the risk of bladder cancer. A urine pH of less than 5.5 is highly acidic and indicates that you need to stop swimming immediately and consult your doctor. Chlorination reduces the pH level of your pool water so if you are concerned about your health, it is best to avoid swimming when the pool is chlorinated. Third, the daylight that you are exposed to after opening the pool influences whether you should swim or stay out. During the day, the rays from the sun are strong and you will be better off avoiding the pool. However, if you have a solarium or a veranda on your pool deck, then going for a swim is ideal as it gets rid of the morning drowsiness and refresher.
How Long Before Swimming?
The time it takes for your body to adjust to the change in temperature influences how long it takes for you to swim. If you just stepped out of the ocean or a lake, then your body is used to the cold water and it will take you longer to adjust to the temperature of the pool. The truth is that you cannot precisely determine how long it will take for your body to adjust to the temperature change. But, you can estimate it. If you are not used to cold water, then it will take you a while to acclimate to the change and reduce your swimming time. On the other hand, if you are a seasoned swimmer, then the transition will be much faster. Once you make the adjustment, you will be able to enjoy your swim much more. So, leave at least 15 minutes before your swim session starts so that your body can acclimate to the temperature change. Otherwise, you might find the water too hot and uncomfortable. Another important factor to consider is the type of swimwear you are going to wear. A swimsuit that is one piece should not be lined or printed on the front. This makes it easier for your body to regulate its temperature and reduces the risk of overheating. Furthermore, if you follow these simple guidelines, then you will enjoy swimming much more and make the most out of your time at the pool. So, put these tips to use and you will see a positive change. Good luck out there.