Haga Park in Stockholm

Haga Park in Stockholm

As you may know, we are working in Haga Health Club, which is awesome SPA in Radisson Blue Hotel.

So we are real fans of the area.

And we are here to tell you more about our wonderful neighborhood.

Part of the Royal National City Park, the lush Haga Park (or just Haga) is situated just north of Stockholm in the suburb of Solna. Founded by the monarch Gustav III in 1780-1797, Haga is Sweden’s foremost example of an English landscape park, and one of Sweeden’s most popular recreational areas. It’s also the site of many historical landmarks.

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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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Water safety

Water safety

The Water Safety Code consists of four simple rules to remember each time you venture near the water.

“Buddy up!”

That’s what swimming instructors say. Always swim with a partner, every time — whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake. Even experienced swimmers can become tired or get muscle cramps, which might make it difficult to get out of the water. When people swim together, they can help each other or go for help in case of an emergency.
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Best Christmas Gifts for Swimmers

Best Christmas Gifts for Swimmers

10 Best Budget-Friendly Christmas Presents for Swimmers

Swimming is like religion for those who spend more time in water than out of water. If you’re lucky to be a swimmer, and have friends who are swimmers, here are 10 solid tips for the perfect Christmas gift.

1. Medal Holder
Competitive swimmers usually don’t know how to display their medals, so they usually end up siting in a box, placed on a shelf somewhere in a closet. This is a great way to display medals….and encourage more training to win more medals! 

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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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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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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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Inspirational story of our student

Inspirational story of our student

Yesterday was a great day for our club. Our student Olga finished her first Olympic distance triathlon. One of her coaches Anna was there with her, another one Oxana was following the process online,  so now we want to share with you our conversation just minutes after her finish.

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