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Swimmers

Discussion in 'Optimal Fitness' started by John G, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. John G

    John G New Member

    https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/08/04/how-swimming-reduces-depression/

    Any other swimmers here who agree? I agree with this article; compared to running, the end of a swim always leaves me feeling euphoric and free. I think it's a combination of low-impact exercise and breathing patterns. The most common breathing pattern in swimming is to breathe every 3rd stroke. I mix it up with 3,5,7,9. When you push of the wall and do underwater dolphin kicks you hold your breath for 5-15 seconds. You can even simply do underwater 25-50 yard streamline dolphin kicks. What's the science here?

    I went on vacation recently and was able to do some ocean swimming in cold water. Very exhilarating as a life-long lap swimmer (and slightly terrifying due to murky waters ). My skin always feels fresh compared to the harshness of a chlorinated pool.
     
  2. Penny

    Penny New Member

    I've been swimming in the ocean quite regularly - it's a total high:) Way better than the pool - in fact, I always had trouble when they wouldn't let you breathe every stroke in a pool but I can go 15 or more strokes in the ocean and not care:) In fact, I'm going again in another hour:)
     
  3. John G

    John G New Member

    I'm Jelly. :p Beach is 1.5 hours away. I plan to move to a coastal town one day; somewhere the water is cold and the sun is bright. :rofl:
     
  4. harmony

    harmony Harmony makes things grow lack of it things decay

    Swimming is always beneficial for me and mostly I can get to the ocean to do so. A little concerned about the next few weeks as we are going to Bali for a holiday and there'll be a beautiful but chlorinated swimming pool right by the door and the people I'm going with will all be happily splashing around in it, while I'm worrying that the chlorine isn't doing me any favours - or the temperature. Hopefully I can convince some people to join me on the beach for swims to lessen exposure! Excited to have a holiday though - maybe enjoyment endorphins will balance out the environment negatives.
     
  5. JuicerMoz

    JuicerMoz New Member

    Swimming is always good for health. I have been swimming regularly from my childhood.
     
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  6. BigSkinny

    BigSkinny New Member

    Can ct be done in the ocean or a pool? Does moving in cold water defeat the purpose due to muscle heat?
     
  7. WalterNL

    WalterNL New Member

    That's probably the best way to do CT; cold river or sea.

    Moving around does not defeat the purpose no, it might even yield faster results.
     
  8. BigSkinny

    BigSkinny New Member

    I am in San Diego, will 60-70 degree water be sufficient?
     
  9. WalterNL

    WalterNL New Member

    That's fine, especially if you move around in the water since that increases heat loss.

    I believe the CT guide says 50 to 55 F is optimal, but all cooling is good to begin with.
     
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