Swimming tips

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    Jan 23, 2008 9:13 PM GMT
    I have just started swimming as a part of my work out routine. After I finished swimming I have noticed sometimes I feel really dehydrated and sick to my stomach. Didn't know if anyone had any suggestions to what might be going on.
  • DiverScience

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    Jan 24, 2008 1:27 AM GMT
    You're probably really dehydrated.

    There's two things to remember when swimming

    1) You're doing cardio. So you sweat. This dehydrates you. Even if you don't notice.

    2) The water's full of salts. This pulls water out of your skin, which your body then tries to replace, dehydrating you.

    You need to drink water while you're swimming. Keep a bottle at the end and drink every 2 or 5 hundred or so.
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    Jan 24, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    yeah, i agree with diver. Ive been competative swimming for the past 7 years and you should have a water bottle or something at the end of your lane while swimming. Also, have a very light snack before you work out... a granola bar or power bar, to keep your energy up
  • DiverScience

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    Jan 24, 2008 2:50 PM GMT
    If you're doing a really long workout, pause in the middle and have an orange. Does wonders for preventing cramps and keeping up your energy.
  • toughsell

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    Feb 05, 2008 6:31 AM GMT
    I have no arguments with the previous posts, all are valid and correct. Some other things to consider:

    What's your proficiency level in the water? New,novice, or out of shape swimmers burn A LOT of energy when just getting started.

    How long is each of your swimming sessions? For the length of time, you may be burning a lot more energy than you would on a treadmill for the same duration. Proper food energy levels help here.

    In either case, you'll need to stock-up on energy prior to, and hydrate throughout your swim.

    In a 1.5 hour swim I can loose more than 3 lbs... thats' nearly half a gallon of water. Be safe out there!

    Btw - I've been swimming for 36 years, and coaching for 15.

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    Feb 05, 2008 7:08 AM GMT