Swimming is a wonderful exercise that can benefit anyone. If you’re not fortunate enough to have your own pool, you can use your local public swimming pool, or even swim in the sea if you’re reasonably close to the coast. In whatever way you do it, try to get wet often; it’s good for you and lots of fun too!
1. Keep moderation in mind when you go to the pool. Begin with a short one of 10 to 20 minutes. You can increase this when you gain in stamina. And don’t try all the hardest strokes at first. Build it up gently.
2. Use a quality filter for your pool. Trying to save here will only result in constant maintenance costs. It will also mean swimming in a pool that is always dirty.
3. Repair any tear in your swimming pool liner as soon as possible. If the tear is three inches or less, it should be repaired easily. If it is larger, you may have to replace the entire liner.
4. Don’t allow children (or adults) to run near the pool. Running and diving into a pool is the same as asking for trouble. Accidents can easily happen on slippery surfaces, so play safe always.
5. If you find that all your pool toys, chemicals, and cleaners are becoming unmanageable, find a place to store them. A shed or pool house near the pool is ideal. However, be careful not to store chemicals that may react with each other when they are close together. Also, make sure the room is well ventilated.
Hand mitts, paddles, swim fins, and kick-boards are ways to make your swimming more fun and challenging for your better exercise. These days you can even swim to music by using a specially designed radio that fits into a waterproof bag. So don’t just lounge around the pool all day. Use it as it is intended to be used – swim and enjoy life!