8 THINGS YOU DO NOT KNOW ABOUT SWIMMING09/29/2019
You’ve been swimming for a lifetime and you’re convinced you know everything about swimming? I bet that there are at least 4 things you’ve never heard before; what are they? Let’s discover them together!
DRINKING A COFFEE BEFORE JUMPING INTO THE POOL ENCOURAGES THE USE OF FATTY ACIDS AS A SOURCE OF ENERGY
The caffeine contained into the coffee improves the metabolism of fat, increasing body’s ability to burn them. This preserves the carbohydrates present in the muscles of the legs.
SWIMMING WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SPORT PRACTICED BY PRIMITIVE TRIBES
The first proof, which dates back to 7000 years ago, have been found out in the “Cave of Swimmers” (located in a Lybian highland). Here, we can observe some cave paintings depicting men doing physical exercises whose movements are similar to swimming action.
IT HELPS YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT
As water is denser than air, swimmers burn more calories compared to those who practice an open air sport. Those who always go to the swimming pool, loose fat mass, increasing the lean one. For this reason swimming, supported by an healthy and balanced diet, is one of the best way to fight against obesity.
PHILOSOPHER PLATO THOUGHT THAT SWIMMING WAS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF EDUCATION
For this reason, every child had to learn to swim. We have to take into account that swimming pools were widespread in Greek and Roman age.
THERE’S A PHYSICAL – PHYSIOLOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR THE FACT THAT THERE ARE FEW BLACK SWIMMERS
Black athletes have an higher bone density compared to the one of other populations and a lower percentage off at tissue. This is could be a disadvantage.
IT IMPROVES THE HEART
One of the benefits given by swimming is to encourage the health of cardiovascular system. Swimming balances blood pressure and adjusts the number of beats. This happens because swimming is an aerobic sport which asks for a major oxygen supply.
ON AVERAGE, THE AMOUNT OF PEE PRESENT IN A 25 m POOL IS OF 30 LITRES.
Do swimmers pee in the pool? Nearly 20% admit to having done so at least once, so a group of Canadian scientists realized a research in order to verify the average amount of urine in Canadian pools. Result is clear: an Olympic pool (which contains about 830.000 litres of chlorinated waters), contains about 75 liters of urine
SWIMMING IS THE MOST PRACTISED SPORT IN ITALY, AUSTRALIA AND GREAT BRITAIN
In many countries the number of swimmers is rapidly increasing and swimming is becoming one of the most practiced sport in the world.