No. 1 swimming pool problem? It's number two!
Maggie Fox, Senior Writer NBC News
The amount of fecal matter present in public swimming pools and waterparks is alarming, according to the findings in a new study by the Centers for Disease Control. The study reports that feces was present in 58 percent of samples taken from public swimming pools in Florida. The study also states that the average person has about .14 grams of feces present on their behind from improper cleaning and not taking a nude shower before swimming.
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This handy calculator monitors calories burned from swimming
Have you ever wondered how many calories that you have burned from your swimming workout. Most people exit the pool without this knowledge, perhaps not realizing how beneficial that their swimming pool workouts have been. Check out this handy calculator from SwimmingPool.com, that calculates the caloric burn based on a few simple inputs such as body weight, duration of workout, and the activity performed.
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Pool Treatment 101: Introduction To Chlorine Sanitizing
Mastering the knack of maintaining a healthy pool is not difficult with the right information and a little diligence. The proper use of chlorine is a key step to keep your pool healthy.
For general pool treatment, chlorine has three essential characteristics:
1. It acts as a rapid and persistent sanitizer,
2. It is an effective algaecide, and
3. It is a strong oxidizer of undesired contaminants.
ADA May Force Pool Closures
Owners and operators of public pools are weighing tough options.
They can install an access method, such as a mechanical lift, on every pool they operate, close the pool voluntarily or face governmental investigation and possible legal threats.
Water Walking for Fast Fitness
There's good reason why walking is one of the most recommended forms of exercise. It's an easy, safe and effective way to increase aerobic fitness, endurance and muscle strength, one that requires no equipment and can be done almost anywhere ... including the backyard pool.
In fact, walking in the water may be more effective than a similar trek on land. All factors being equal, walking one mile in the water provides a workout similar to walking two miles on land, burning up to twice the calories in the same amount of time. And the body's buoyancy in water reduces impact on joints and provides a lower risk of injury.
Swimming improves vascular function, BP in older adults
HealthDay News -- Regular swimming improved blood pressure (BP) and vascular function in older adults with early hypertension, study data indicate.
"Swimming exercise elicits hypotensive effects and improvements in vascular function in previously sedentary older adults," Nantinee Nualim, PhD, of the University of Texas in Austin, and colleagues reported in the April 1 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.
Swimming is thought to be an ideal exercise for older adults due to the minimal weight-bearing stress and decreased heat load associated with the activity. But little data is available on potential vascular risks.
The why & how of superchlorination
How's this for a bit of misinformation: "Every once in a while, you've got to shock the pool water by adding an extra-large amount of chlorine to get rid of algae and other contaminants that might otherwise be left to grow."
This is an actual bit of advice that was overheard being given to a pool owner by the counterperson at a home-supply store that happened to sell pool chemicals — and as advice goes, it's dead wrong!
True, you do have to periodically shock pool or spa water. And true, it is often done with chlorine — although "an extra-large amount" is not really an accurate guideline to be followed.
But the reason given for shocking is the most inaccurate portiion of a generally inaccurate statement. Shocking the water may, indeed, help prevent the spread of algae, but the true purpose of this periodic treatment is to rid the water of organic compounds that irritate swimmers and bathers and tie up chlorine to prevent it from performing its task as a sanitizer.
Swimmunity™ features the benefits of swimming, help finding a swim lesson provider, water safety resources and other useful swimming information for the beginner. By providing interactive community functionality, the site will allow potential new swimmers to ask questions and seek support from others as they begin their swim lesson journey. The site stresses the importance of water safety, because even strong swimmers can get into trouble and drown. Swim lessons alone aren't enough; lessons plus comprehensive water safety knowledge is they key to preventing drownings.
Teach Your Children Well: Shower before Swimming
You are heading off to your community pool. The mental check list goes...
Bathing suit? Of course.
Shower? Probably not.
Although the "shower before you swim" rule is consistently posted at community pools, a new University of Michigan report shows parents of young children do not appreciate the role showering plays in keeping swimming pools safe for the community (see video). Whereas 64 percent of parents understand it is very important for children to avoid swallowing pool water, only 26 percent believe it very important to shower before swimming. This study highlights the need to educate parents on swimmer hygiene.
What Can Water Balancers Do For Your Pool?
Your swimming pool's water is constantly changing. Everything affects the water balance of your pool, from the oil on your skin to the weather. It is important to keep the pool chemicals in your water balanced, both for the health of your pool and for your family's health.
Chlorine, your pool filter and an automatic pool cleaner are simply not enough to keep your water clean and balanced. All pool chemicals must be in the correct ranges in order to have a balanced pool. For example, your swimming pool needs to have the correct levels of total alkalinity, calcium hardness and pH in it.