3 Benefits Of Wearing Swimming Goggles

3 Benefits Of Wearing Swimming Goggles

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Goggles are an essential item in any swimmer’s locker. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, goggles can really help you out in the water.

So to help spread the word, here are 3 benefits of wearing swimming goggles… 

Goggles protect the eyes from chemicals and saltwater

One of the most obvious benefits of wearing goggles is that they offer protection against chlorinated water and ocean saltwater.

It’s no secret that chlorine can cause a considerable amount of stinging when it comes into contact with the eyes. The same goes for saltwater too. And though for some this isn’t a huge issue, it can be very distracting and unpleasant for others.

Good goggles provide a protective watertight seal, reducing the amount of water that can enter your eyes. So for anyone who’s particularly sensitive to chlorine, owning a pair of goggles is an absolute must.

They improve underwater visibility

Goggles are designed to be used underwater. And this is where they can really improve the quality of your swimming.

Having a clearer view underwater can allow you to safely increase your speed whilst maintaining good spatial awareness.

The clarity offered by goggles also makes it easier to perform underwater exercises with more confidence, thus enhancing your all-round swimming experience.

Goggles can help keep you motivated

Both stinging eyes and lack of underwater visibility can severely decrease your motivation to stay in the pool. Goggles are a great remedy for this, for all the reasons stated above.

By wearing goggles you may stand to increase your motivation to swim. Not only can they help you feel more confident with your performance and underwater abilities, but you’ll be free from the nagging pain of chlorine water in the eyes. 

All-in-all this may even help you get in better shape, as you might quickly find yourself swimming for longer and practising more underwater exercises! 

Get some goggles!

If you think it’s time to grab a pair of goggles for your swimming bag, then why not pick up a pair next time you visit Jesmond Pool & Gym, where we have a brand new selection of fantastic goggles by NESS Swimwear!

 

Returning To The Pool: A User’s Guide

Returning To The Pool: A User’s Guide

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With the reopening of pools around the country, many people are breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of getting back into the water after so many months. But safety concerns are still paramount, and it’s essential for both users and operators to take the necessary steps to keep everybody safe.

To help us all make a smooth transition back into the water, Swim England has released a series of guidance documents outlining safety tips and “robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons.”

To provide a brief overview of these guidelines we thought we’d share some of Swim England’s insights and recommendations with you. But for PDF downloads of the full documents you can visit their website.

Leaving and returning home

According to Swim England it’s best to reduce the time spent in changing rooms as much as possible. One way of achieving this is to arrive at the pool swim ready, wearing your costume underneath your clothes, so you can get into the pool as briskly as possible.

It’s also recommended to take a shower at home before and after your swim. This again lowers the time you’ll spend in the changing rooms.

Swim England also point out that it’s a good idea to take hand sanitiser with you. And, of course, they emphasise that you avoiding entering any facilities if you’re showing any symptoms of Covid-19.

At the facility

The general advice given here is to follow the operator’s guidance on all safety measures, from social distancing to direction of travel whilst swimming.

Swim England also emphasises the use of hand sanitiser wherever it’s made available.

Respecting fellow swimmers

In the guidelines Swim England makes a point of reminding us to always be respectful of, and patient with, our fellow swimmers. They remind us that not all swimmers in the pool will be of the same ability, and so we must be conscious of other people’s rights to enjoy swimming at their own pace.

Further to this, they emphasise that we refrain from overtaking anyone in the pool, and always check to see if anyone faster is approaching before pushing off at a turn.

Resting

For many people, taking regular breaks is an important and enjoyable part of their swim. The guidance offered here is, primarily, to remain mindful of others. Swim England recommend keeping yourself to the edge of the lane, with your head facing away, so that others can turn and pass without violating social distancing measures.

More resources

For more information on how to keep yourself safe and healthy in the pool, take a look at Swim England’s coronavirus FAQs page, which is “being regularly updated to reflect the latest advice from gov.ukWorld Health Organisation (WHO), and Public Health England (PHE)”.

6 Swimming Workouts To Shake Things Up In The Pool

6 Swimming Workouts To Shake Things Up In The Pool

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You may have guessed this already, but here at Jesmond Pool we like swimming. It’s a fun and accessible way to exercise, and comes with a host of great health benefits.

But, just like with any other activity, it can be easy to fall into comfortable swimming routines and stop pushing ourselves. Often it’s simply that we’re too familiar with our exercise patterns. Our brains anticipate what’s coming next, and we don’t work as hard. To combat this, sometimes it’s best just to throw ourselves in at the deep end (figuratively speaking) and try something new and unfamiliar.

With this in mind, we’ve put together 6 swimming sessions, ranging from 375 to 1000 meters, that you can use to mix up your next swim. Enjoy!

1000 meters

Warm-up

2 lengths freestyle

Main set

4 lengths freestyle

4 lengths breaststroke.

2 lengths freestyle.

2 lengths pull.

Repeat main set 3 times

Cool-down

2 lengths freestyle

 

800 meters

Warm-up

1 length freestyle

Main set

2 lengths backstroke

4 lengths breaststroke

8 lengths individual medley

1 length freestyle

2 lengths backstroke

4 lengths breaststroke

8 lengths individual medley

Cool-down

2 lengths freestyle

 

600 meters

Warm-up

1 length freestyle

Main set

2 lengths breaststroke

2 lengths backstroke

6 lengths freestyle

2 lengths pull

4 lengths individual medley

2 lengths breaststroke

Cool-down

2 lengths freestyle

 

500 meters

Warm-up

4 lengths freestyle

Main set

4 lengths breaststroke

6 lengths freestyle (20 second rest between lengths)

4 lengths sprint (30 second rest between lengths)

Cool-down

2 lengths freestyle.

 

400 meters

Warm-up

4 lengths freestyle

Main set

6 lengths freestyle

4 lengths side stroke

Cool-down

2 lengths easy freestyle

 

375 meters

Warm-up

3 lengths breaststroke

Main set

2 lengths freestyle

1 length breaststroke

1 length freestyle

2 lengths backstroke

1 length freestyle

1 length backstroke

2 lengths backstroke

1 length freestyle

Cool-down

1 length backstroke

 

More exercise, less pool

If you enjoyed this post and would like to follow some more pre-made routines for exercising out of the water, have a look at The Tennis Champ Workout and 6 Plyometric Exercises To Turbo-Boost Your Workouts for some poolside workouts.

5 Impressive Health Benefits of Swimming

5 Impressive Health Benefits of Swimming

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A Speedo poster once said: “You’re only one swim away from a good mood.” And though this is certainly true, there’s lots more to be gained from swimming than an improved state of mind. In fact, there’s a whole host of health benefits associated with water-based exercise.

So here’s a quick round up of five of the most powerful and impressive ways swimming can improve your health.

             Makes for a healthier heart

Studies have shown that swimmers have lower heart rates, more stable blood pressure, and improved circulation and breathing when compared with their non-swimming counterparts.

This is very good news for the heart-conscious. And as it’s a cardio exercise (and an excellent one, at that), swimming will work your heart harder than normal, shaping and strengthening it until it’s as healthy as ever.

            Lowers your risk of diabetes

It’s estimated that over 4 million people in the UK are living with diabetes.

A study has shown that men can reduce their risk of diabetes by 6% for every 500 calories burned per week through aerobic exercise (that’s roughly 45 minutes of breast stroke). And that women can reduce their risk by 16% simply by partaking in vigorous exercise just once a week.

                    Regulates breathing

Learning a proper breathing technique is one of the best things you can do for your body. Some health benefits of deep breathing include better circulation (increased oxygen to the heart), improved respiratory system function, and reduced anxiety.

Swimming not only increases your lung capacity, but it forces you to adopt a proper breathing technique.

As regular swimming leads to a lower heart rate, improved blood pressure, and more efficient functioning of the lungs, breathing, by extension, becomes much easier.

               Improves your wellbeing

Like most forms of exercise, swimming releases endorphins, and endorphins lift your mood. As well as this, swimming is unique in that the rhythmic and flowing style of the exercise itself produces a calming effect. So you’ll feel happier and more relaxed.

Swimming on a regular basis could help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as promoting healthier sleep.

                It could extend your life

For anyone hoping to live well into old age, it looks like swimming could hold the answer.

A 32 year-long study following over 40,000 men, aged between 20 and 90, found that those who swam had a 50% lower death rate than runners, walkers, and those who didn’t exercise at all. This is an incredible result, and with such a huge margin it’s hard to deny that there may be something in it…

If you want to take the plunge and start swimming towards a healthier lifestyle, why not take a look at our prices and membership plans. The water awaits!