Only a small percentage of the population is swimming regular throug the year. Awareness that swimming is healthy and fun, lack of time and fear of the water are just some of the reasons why millions of people around the planet do not swim.
Here are 5 things you didn’t know about swimming!
1. Although swimming is often the first barrier for a beginner to finish the Ironman, the average time is 1 hour and 15 minutes (within 12 hours race) shows that swimming could be the easiest part of the Ironman.
2. Swimming is not a “privilege” of swimmers. Today, there are swimming accessories, such as Lift Short (increase buoyancy and body position in the water), a Kick Board, Paddles and even swimming watches and goggles that tell you how to swim and help you gain swimming sensibility in the water.
3. The ideal water temperature at which a person maintains the internal body temperature during long-term swimming is 27 C. This is the average water temperature in indoor pools intended for recreational and professional swimming.
4. Swimming does not require much flexibility and swimming itself is a kind of stretching exercise. Most people already have the flexibility needed to start swimming, but unfortunately also the problems with the hips, ankles, knees and spine that you guess – swimming can help!
5. Neoprene swimsuits allow children and adults to extend the swimming season in open water (16-23 C). In Dalmatia (Croatia), the season begins in April and end in Noveber, while in the northern part of the Adriatic (Kvarner) is up to two months shorter. Special swimming neoprenes (Thermal) are available on the market, which allow swimming in cold waters at a temperature of 8,5 C to 16 C.