Fun In The Sun
When the summer time rolls around, it’s always fun to take a dip in the pool, the lake, or the ocean for a nice and long swim. Whether it’s for recreation or for exercise, swimming is a wonderful way to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather, get outside, and squeak in some exercise and some fun in the sun. However, staying safe while swimming is absolutely critical, and we’ve got a few tips that we’d like to share with you! For yourself, your loved ones, and even your children, here is how you can stay safe in the water.
Stretch, Then Dive!
We always recommend stretching before diving right into the water. Remember, water acts as resistance against our bodies, which puts strain on our muscles and joints – especially if you’re in open water with a current. Be sure to stretch out your arms and legs a bit before diving right in – this will help to prevent cramping while in the water and it’ll also prepare your muscles for a wonderful workout.
Always Swim In Comfortable Depths
This is something that should be the top priority on your summer water safety list. No matter if you consider yourself a seasoned swimmer or if you’re allow your child to play in the kiddie pool, knowing what’s comfortable for you is critically important. According to the CDC, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional deaths for children under the age of 4 – and such a devastating statistic could be prevented simply by supervising your child while they swim in a comfortable depth that keeps them safe.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
You might think that just because you’re swimming in water, hydration isn’t as important – well, you’d be sorely mistaken! When swimming in the ocean, you will likely swallow some salt water. In fact, it’s almost inevitable! Salt water is a big-time dehydrator, and the results can be devastating. When swimming at the beach or allowing your children to swim in the waves, be sure to monitor hydration levels. Always go for water instead of sugary soft drinks!
Consider Water Shoes
Depending on where you’re swimming, water shoes should be considered as important as a pair of goggles! If you’re swimming in a lake, a river, or a rocky beach, water shoes can provide you with some extra grip to prevent slips and falls. Additionally, it will provide your feet and toes with protection from seashells and sharp rocks.
Have A Question? Contact Us!
At Orthopedic Associates, we are always standing by to help our patients. If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to stay safe while swimming this summer and have a question, be sure to reach out to us directly and speak with a member from our team. We would be more than happy to do everything we can to help you prepare.