Even though we don’t experience all four seasons in the Philippines, the weather can run a bit cooler when Christmas draws closer. On top of that, not many pools are heated, which makes getting into the water a shivering task. Occasionally submerging yourself in cold water has some beneficial health claims, but it can also turn swimming lessons into unpleasant experiences.
There are a few ways to make the water more bearable, allowing you to get the most out of your lesson or workout. Read on for a few tips you can try!
1. Wear a swim cap (or two!)
Body heat is usually lost through your extremities, but most especially through the top of your head. Using a swim cap can lessen the amount of heat that leaves your head. If you're swimming somewhere that’s a lot colder than usual, you could double your swim cap!
2. Wear a swimsuit with longer sleeves
Wearing swimsuits with sleeves, or using a rash guard, can give your body some extra protection from the cold. However, if you’re swimming at odd (colder) hours or in open water, a wetsuit can provide extra warmth.
3. Baby Oil
Baby oil or warming oil is a great trick to keep the cold manageable! Before putting on your swimsuit and getting into the water, rub some oil all over your body. Not only will it help close up your pores, but it will also provide extra insulation to keep heat from leaving your body.
4. Blow bubbles
Blowing bubbles shouldn’t be limited to young children! Every age can benefit from blowing bubbles, most especially when swimming in cold water. Cold water tends to make breathing more difficult because it causes your lungs to contract. Blowing bubbles before you start your workout helps acclimate your body to the temperature and regulate your breathing.
5. Get to swimming!
The best way to warm up your body is to get it moving. After blowing bubbles, proceed straight into your warm up exercises/drills to get your blood pumping and body temperature rising. Make sure to continuously move your body, even during your breaks, to prevent your body from cooling down and getting cold.
Getting out of the water can be just as difficult as getting in. Don’t forget to properly warm up your body once you get out. After swimming, rather than shocking your body by immediately jumping into a hot shower, wrap yourself up in a thick towel and have a warm drink to slowly acclimate.
Don’t let this season’s cold weather keep you from swimming! Give these tips a try to keep you going.