Swim and Travel

Swim and Travel

 

Our coaches love combining tourism with swimming.
Last year Anna the 6.5 km Bosphorus race and enjoyed Istanbul’s beautiful scenery from the water. Now she is planning to explore England and swim the 14 km Bridge to Bridge, one of Henley Swim’s annual events.

This article is about Swedish swim competitions that you can combine with exploring Stockholm– one of Scandinavia’s capital cities, and arguably known as “the Venice of the North.”

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Best Swimming Pools in the Stockholm Region

Best Swimming Pools in the Stockholm Region

Our coaches spend so much time in Stockholm’s swimming pools that we feel the need to tell you the truth about them. We consider pools that are best suited for:

  • Training
  • Spending time with kids

Our absolute favorites are:
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Ear plugs for swimming

Ear plugs for swimming

Some swimmers might experience problems with having their ears long hours in the water, both in the pool or in open water. Here are some tips how to diminish the discomfort and have healthy ears.

Never scratch the itching ear. Do not put your finger or anything there. By scratching you irritate the ear and may get infection if water is fastened deep there.

For people with sensitive ears or especially-narrow ear canals, trapped water can lead to frequent and painful ear infections. Swimming ear plugs — if they fit — can stop water from getting in your ear canals as you swim.

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Why to crawl?

Why to crawl?

No matter your age or skill level, learning to swim is a must — it could save your life or the life of someone else. For many people swimming is good choice to stay fit and healthy, and it is a base of summer fun.

Learning different swimming strokes comes after you have mastered the basic skills of swimming.

The front crawl or forward crawl, also known as the Australian crawl or American crawl, is a swimming stroke usually regarded as the fastest of the four front primary strokes (comparing to the backstroke, the butterfly stroke, and the breaststroke).

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How To Care For Your Swimming Goggles

How To Care For Your Swimming Goggles

You might be surprised to know that your swimming goggles actually need just as much care as your training swimsuit.

Once you’ve gone through the process of assembling your goggles (if it is Malmstem like what we use) and found that perfect pair for yourself or your swim kid, just a little routine care helps keep them in great shape.

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How to choose a swimsuit

How to choose a swimsuit

When the person signs up in swimming course, the first step is to buy a swimsuit. When choosing a swimsuit for swimming lessons the material of the suit is the most important factor for finding a swimsuit that will hold it’s shape, remain comfortable, and last as long as possible.

The three most common and basic types of materials used for swimsuits are nylon, Lycra, and polyester, let’s go deeper and find out the differences.

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Swimming as rehabilitation therapy

Swimming as rehabilitation therapy

Inspired in two of our coaches’ stories we are here to tell you about swimming as rehabilitation.
Anna started swimming when she was 20 to recover from a surgery. Hiring a coach was a key to her success despite a later start.
Agustin has done a lot of sports, but after breaking the leg he had to choose swimming as his main sport again, because of its low impact.
And we think that there are a lot of you who wants to recover after some injury or start doing sport after some accident.

  • There are a few main reasons why swimming is a good rehabilitation tool:
    It is low impact. (Unless you are training to be an elite swimmer at which point you will be putting your body through a more intense, higher impact workout.)
  • It is a form of active stretching – swimming technically will ensure full range of motion movements for many different body parts.
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Yoga for swimmers

Yoga for swimmers

Gentle on the joints, forgiving of injuries and other physical limitations, and deeply relaxing, swimming and yoga, when practiced together, unite their strengths, making for a more balanced athlete.

Competitive swimmers call it “dryland training”—incorporating other sports into an exercise regimen to compensate for what is missing in a primary workout. A yoga practice can complement even an amateur’s swim routine by introducing two legs of the fitness triad—strength building and flexibility. Asanas (postures) utilize body weight as a powerful source of resistance: Outside of the water, gravity helps to build strength and muscle. In addition, postures take the body through a full range of motion, encouraging flexible, supple muscles that are less prone to injury.
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Is Chlorine in Swimming Pools Safe?

Is Chlorine in Swimming Pools Safe?

 

It’s understandable to be concerned about a chemical that dries out skin and hair and that has a smell that can linger long after a shower. But for the most part, experts say, there’s no reason to worry.

Chlorine is the most common water treatment to kill bacteria living within it. Chlorine is added not only to swimming pools, but also is often found in tap water.

But the chlorine used to keep out harmful bacteria from the pool water can also strip your hair and skin of its natural oils. This can cause dry skin, brittle hair.

How do you keep working on your swimmer physique while also maintaining beautiful skin and hair? With a couple easy steps, you can prevent and treat the effects of chlorine on your body.

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Swimming while pregnant

Swimming while pregnant

Swimming when pregnant is safe and can help keep you in shape, relaxed and feeling good as your bump grows. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

It offers a relatively weightless environment. Water can support up to 90% of your body’s weight, which means swimming when pregnant can offer you relief for half an hour!

A lot of women also find that swimming helps to ease swelling in their legs and feet, or even relieve sciatic pain because it’s such a great way to get the circulation going.

Also, evidence suggests that swimming can encourage your baby to get into the best position for labour. It is also great for stress busting.

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