How to avoid sunburn

How to avoid sunburn

This summer is so hot in Stockholm, that we can’t stop talking about sun protection. Sunscreens and appropriate clothes are only part of our sun protection strategy.

How you can prepare your skin for safe sun exposure:

1. Anti-inflammatory diet: eat “good” fats

To make sure the body has the proper building blocks for healthy skin and to reduce inflammation, you can consume enough healthy saturated, monounsaturated, and omega-3 fats while avoiding polyunsaturated fatty acids and high omega-6 vegetable oils.

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Sun protection

Sun protection

What a hot summer this year! We already told you about the best outdoor swimming options around Stockholm and now we want to share with you everything we know about Sun Protection. Because swimming outdoor this year is so much about to hide from the sun.

Sun protection with sunscreens

Sunscreen is basically a barrier that protects the skin from absorbing ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two kinds of UV rays that can affect the skin. UVA rays tend to age the skin. UVB rays typically cause sunburn. Sunscreen can  be called “broad spectrum” if it protects against both types of UV rays. Read more

Check your swim strokes

Check your swim strokes

If you are a confident swimmer or you are trying to be one, check your swim strokes with our easy checklist. By improving your technique you will find swimming more enjoyable, you will swim faster and reap greater fitness benefits.

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The differences between pool and open water swimming

The differences between pool and open water swimming

We feel responsible about how our students will “enter” in their swimming life this summer. They should do it, because Stockholm has fantastic places for bathing. However we should warn you about the  differences between pool and open water swimming.

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The importance of pool sandals

The importance of pool sandals

Before starting a new course with a new group we always send a welcome letter with some easy tips. Slippers always take part in our guidelines. When you pack a bag for your lessons, pool sandals are the same important as a towel, or even more.

You could go barefoot in the swimming pool if it’s allowed, but pool footwear offers two important benefits (which is why it’s often required): safety and foot health.

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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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Bathing in Stockholm

Bathing in Stockholm

We talk so much about swimming in Stockholm, but one of the side of swimming is joyful bathing in Stockholm.

Temperature is getting higher each day. So it is time to get ready and know the options about bathing in Stockholm. As people, addicted to swimming , we can guarantee by our own experience that it is safe (clean water) and popular (with locals and visitors alike) to enjoy swimming and sunbathing in Stockholm during summer days! Read more

An exercise for overcoming fear of water and swimming

An exercise for overcoming fear of water and swimming

Once we talked about fear of water,  which is so common among beginners.

If you get anxious around bodies of water, you may believe that in the water you would sink to the ground like a stone. Maybe we surprise you but water in fact supports the human body very well. It most cases people can float easily without using their limbs as long as their lungs are filled with air.

This is because your body, being made of 60% of water, is slightly less dense than water provided that your lungs are filled with air. Do you remember Archimedes’ Principle from school:

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How to get back to swim

How to get back to swim

You have been out of the swimming pool for really long time and now you are thinking how to get back to swim.

Yes, our experience says that continuations courses have almost the same high demand! Actually we start today and it is overbooked. It feels that people are preparing for the summer.

If to get back to swim for you sounds like something challenging, enjoy our recommendations:

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The first step

The first step

The first step is always the hardest, so they say. It’s the step that most people never take.

They never begin, and thus by default, they can never finish. Everyone has a dream. Something they want to do or accomplish. Yet, many never start the journey to make their dream a reality. Many people never take that step. Either they are too afraid. Or too busy. Or too… whatever they need to tell themselves. Read more