The guy – whose name was Johnny Weissmuller, and who had just been given the role of Tarzan – could definitely swim. In fact, “the world’s greatest swimmer” was true then, and it’s probably still true today. To get a measure of just how good he was, try this single fact for size: in 10 years of competition swimming, Johnny Weissmuller never lost a race. Not once.
No one has ever come close to a winning streak like Weissmuller’s, certainly not in swimming. Michael Phelps spent a decade undefeated at 200m butterfly, but lost in other disciplines during that time. Tamás Darnyi of Hungary probably came closest, with an eight-year undefeated streak in the brutal 200m and 400m medley events. But Weissmuller raced distances ranging from 50m to half a mile. He swam mostly front crawl, but also set world records for backstroke (“I got bored,” he said, “so I swam on my back, where I could spend more time looking around.”)
Modern science and numerous case histories support cold water therapy’s benefits for numerous health conditions, including frequent colds, insomnia, and high blood pressure. Cold water therapy can boost immune function, decrease inflammation and pain, and increase blood flow and metabolism. Researchers say it even shows promise for those with chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic heart failure, and some (non-lymphoid) types of cancers.
When practiced for at least 4 weeks, cold-water showers have been shown to:
• Increase metabolism. The effects of exposure to cold on metabolism are well documented.
• Enhance immunity. Cold water stimulates the release of substances vital to immune function, such as cytokines.
• Stabilize blood pressure and other bodily functions. Cold water triggers the autonomic nervous system in beneficial ways. The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary functions such as heartbeat and breathing. This system responds to cold water by raising blood pressure, increasing heart rate, and constricting blood vessels — responses that strengthen with each cold exposure. Eventually, this process can stabilize blood pressure, improve circulation, and balance the sleep/wake cycle.
• In a recent German study, breast cancer patients who underwent 4 weeks of cold-water therapy showed significant gains in disease-fighting white blood cells.
• Reduce pain. Cold water causes the body to release endorphins (hormones with proven pain-fighting capacities).
• Improve mood. Not only does cold water stimulate the release of mood-boosting endorphins, it also activates sensory nerves leading to the brain. The result can be very uplifting, and can even prepare you emotionally to experience new challenges.
Many health problems are reduced or even eliminated over time through this simple home therapy.
There’s nothing like jumping into a swimming pool on hot day for a fun refresher. But there’s a lot more to swimming than being a hot-weather reprieve. It’s also a year-round, lifelong sport that provides physical and emotional benefits.
Swimming is a good means of aerobic activity, which has been shown to decrease the risk of chronic illness and can help alleviate symptoms of chronic illness such as arthritic pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Swimmers have about half the risk of death as inactive people and some people not only enjoy water-based activities more than other types of exercise but can workout longer while in the water.
There’s more. Swimming can improve mood, decrease anxiety and even enhance family connections. It also can benefit quality of life, especially in older adults, as it can lessen disability while boosting bone health.
This weekend was the Annual Rock n Roll Marathon in San Antonio. My usual routine after a long run was to soak in the bathtub with about 40 lbs. of ice. It reduces the inflammation and helps with a quicker recovery. This weekend after the half marathon I was too lazy to go buy the ice, so I thought I would try the pool. The pool water temperature was 66F. I walked around the pool for about 15 minutes and seem to gotten the same effects as a ice bath. Cold water therapy can boost immune function, decrease inflammation and pain, and increase blood flow and metabolism.
Want to stay fit with daily swimming and water running, but didn’t like the heavily chlorinated water at the gym and don’t have the budget and backyard space for their own full-size pool. The solution? Get a swim spa — essentially an elongated hot tub with a current emanating from one end. Already popular with dedicated triathletes and swimmers, these so-called swimmer’s treadmills eliminate the need to drive to a public pool, can be used at any time and double as a hot tub when company’s over. The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company has several models on display in their San Antonio, Texas showroom.
The joy of swimming in icy cold water
Summer dips in blazing hot sunshine are strictly for wimps. The truly hardcore keep in the swim all year round
November 1st. Welcome to it, the day when seasonal outdoor pools shut their doors to the public. It may not feel like it, but it’s now officially the Winter Swimming Season.
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Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who treat conditions that limit one’s ability to move and function in everyday life. Folks of “a certain age” may start to feel aches and pains that worsen with activity. Physical therapy can help. Through the combination of manual techniques, exercise prescription, and hot water therapy a PT can help lessen the effects of age by helping improve posture, strength and movement strategies. Physical therapists can help people achieve higher levels of activity, be it playing with grandchildren or improving a golf swing. They can help people recover from strokes or facilitate rehabilitation after joint replacements. Your own backyard hot tub can be a part of your re-hab.
A pool pillow is also known as an “Ice Compensator”. Just as the technical name implies, it compensates for the ice that will form on your pool cover in the wintertime and is used in off-season periods in areas where there are subfreezing conditions. Snow and rain will land on your pool cover and freeze. As the ice accumulates it will act like a glacier and expand outward towards the sides of your pool. If too much ice forms it can damage your pool walls. Guess what???? No such freeze in South Texas!!
Though the days are getting shorter and cooler, you still can enjoy your deck or patio. A hot tub can extend use of your outdoor space into the winter, while adding a touch of glamour to your home. Outdoor hot tubs, also called spas, come in a variety of styles and price tags.
If the spa is for personal or family use, a smaller unit might suffice. For entertaining, you will need one that can comfortably accommodate more people. If you’re tall, make sure the unit has enough room for you to stretch out comfortably and not have to slouch to keep your shoulders below the water.
Are you aware that the most effective home treatment for combating a common cold is to simply relax in your very own hot tub? The instant you sense something beginning, get into your hot tub. Do this many times per day and you are sure to be surprised.
Below are 6 ways a hot tub can help you get rid of your cold.
Crank up the heat
Elevating your body temperature can help your body combat the quickly spreading cold virus. Turn up the hot tub heat to about 104 degrees.
Use your hot tub often
Every few hours go for twenty minute soaks and keep soaking until you begin to feel better. The idea here is to get your body temperature elevated and to keep it elevated so that you sweat.
Relieve Body Aches and Pains
When we are fighting a bug our bodies are inclined to hurt everywhere. Heat therapy can do miracles for getting rid of the aches and pains related to a cold.
Clears your Nasal Passages
Apply a tiny bit of salve under your nose. Between the salve and the steam from the hot tub your nasal passages will clear up so that you can breath easy.
Blow Your Nose
Specialists state that it is essential to blow your nose frequently when you have a cold. The heat from the hot tub will cause your nose to run so keep blowing.
Get Plenty of Rest
Sometimes it is hard to rest when you are ill because your body aches and you cannot breathe. When you soak in your hot tub you elevate the body’s temperature and when you get out of the hot tub your body’s temperature starts to decrease. The end result will cause you to become drowsy and you will rest well.
Make sure you continue to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water while you are unwell. Hot tubs can in fact dehydrate your body given that you perspire a lot. Be certain to consume lots of water or something with electrolytes in it before, during and after you soak; this will ensure that you maintain hydration and evade dehydration.
It will always be best if you only soak when your hot tub water is clean and particularly true when your defense system is low. Be sure to test your PH and chlorine levels, this will keep the water clean and healthy. There are lots of hot tubs to choose from if you don’t already have one. Visit http://www.bullfrogspas.com/ for inspiration.