Top Reasons To Take Up Swimming

When the weather is nice, more and more towns will begin opening up their community pools for residents to enjoy. While it may be enticing to take a quick dip in the pool to cool off when it’s hot outside, there are also many benefits to taking up swimming. There are some concrete and very real reasons to think about taking up swimming as a workout or a hobby. Below are some of those reasons.

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Great Exercise

While most people think about relaxing when a pool comes to mind, swimming in a big pool at your home or community pool is a great way to get exercise. Swimming is good for your heart health and your whole body as it adds resistance to every body part. One of the best benefits of swimming as an exercise routine is that it is very good for those that have physical ailments. Swimming is very easy on your joints so that you can enjoy a good workout without hurting yourself.

Stress Reliever

While most exercises are optimal for relieving some stress, swimming is one of the best ones for combating it. One of the reasons why experts believe this to be true is that while you are swimming and submerged in water, your body will be getting less sensory information. This gives you time to be calm, mindful and release built-up stress. If you find you are having trouble with being stressed, a good and long swim might be just what you need to relax. Most people often find that after they have completed a swim, they will feel more relaxed, comfortable and able to sleep better at night. Continue reading “Top Reasons To Take Up Swimming”

Wind, Waves, and Weather: Android Apps for Water Sports Enthusiasts


For some of us, the water is a magnetic force that draws us in and becomes a playground that lets us pursue a range of different hobbies from surfing to fishing. Whether you are hoping to land a prize catch or surfing the waves, you need to know how to make the most of your day on or in the water.

Here is a look at some apps that help you plan your trip from weather data to optimum fishing conditions. Plus details of apps that connect the fishing and surfing communities.

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There are several things that are really important when it comes to enjoying the water safely, the first is to stay on top of the latest weather conditions, and the second is the ability to be able to navigate through busy waters as safely as possible.

Download a live weather app and you will instantly have access to the latest conditions in real-time, as well as being able to view a forecast that will help you to plan your trip with more confidence.

You might also want to download the Navionics app, as this will provide you with a large selection of navigations charts and tidal information. A key feature of this app is the ability to download a chart onto your phone so that you plan your route and navigate safely even when you don’t have any wireless coverage. Continue reading “Wind, Waves, and Weather: Android Apps for Water Sports Enthusiasts”

Tips for proper swimming

The difference between a great swimmer and a swimmer’s is in the details. For those who have swum throughout life, these tips are certainly no secret, but we are convinced that the rest of the 50 proper swimming will help you to improve.

Before we dive…

1. Have you decided swimming for sport? In no time you will feel better emotionally, have a better mood and, of course, your fitness will improve almost without realizing it.

2. Bring drink to hydrate during training, because although not enough, swimming can lose more water than sports “dry”.

3. If you rush head and you always fall glasses, try to wear them below the cap and sticks his chin to his chest. It is a little help to keep them in place.

4. Bring to train replacement glasses tied to your beverage can. In this way you will not waste time searching for new ones in case of failure.

5. Something BASIC! Beginner. Start with a few meters and up to 300 meters by 300 meters per week, no more.

6. Start with two workouts a week and reaches up to 5, do not go there.

Before swimming…

7. When you push the walls to start swimming, do underwater and stay in tension with arms outstretched to the sides of the head with the palm of one hand on the back of the other. Undo this position just before starting to swim and not before! You will reduce your drag to be more streamlined.

8. Give the first stroke after each push on the wall without breathing, and will keep longer the speed achieved with this drive.

9. The fewer strokes better. Try swimming strokes each length less than you’re used to. Your strength will improve to be able to move your body with fewer movements. Besides your technique it is favored because get better support in every movement. Reducing strokes and has seen its number in the same space.

10. When swimming the crawl or back, keep your head still. The body is the one to turn on the hip side to side (what we call rolido). In front crawl breathing, head then yes accompanying the rotation of the body.

11. Do not bring your head up when you swim front crawl, if you do enough volume you resent the neck, overloading the traps. For this, you must swim with the neck stretched, the water in the middle of the head (crown) and looking “sideways” forward. Therefore the face should be oriented to the bottom of the pool.

12. Promote strokes. Whether you swim a crawl or butterfly back, stretches his arms to his sides as close as possible to the foot. At first the triceps overload, but in a few days you notice how this muscle gains strength.

13. When swimming the crawl leaves the shoulder in line with the body when traction arms underwater. Or ahead (forward flexion) or behind. Avoid injury to the tendon of the long head of the biceps.

14. Turns on the wall as clustered or shrunk possible, so you can make them faster because the water will offer less resistance.

15. Accelerate the hand into the water, you will be driven hand at low speed, trying to feel her maximum pressure and gradually accelerating it sees until the end of the stroke, where the hand must go to full speed. Universal advice: no matter the style swim the distance and the speed at which you do it.

16. If you want to compete just ask yourself participate in a competition or important journey every 6 months. It is easier to stay in shape once every half year since many times throughout the year. In addition, so training will be less demanding.

17. Work speed always, even if you are long-distance swimmer, to be able to change pace suddenly the limit and that the nervous system does not remain “asleep”. Train him daily between 100 and 200 meters, in repetitions of 10-25 meters with breaks of 30 seconds to 3 minutes.

18. The low-intensity wave should occupy at least 50% of your entire distance to adapt the body to an environment that is not its own. It can be done by time as in athletics, for long short series (1000, 2000, and 3000), medium (200 to 800 meters) or (25 to 200 meters). The rest range from 60 seconds (rep. 3000 meters) to 5 seconds (rep. 25, 50, 75 or 100 meters).

2015 swimming world: Katie Ledecky, Queen Championships

There was not an expert in swimming to know that Katie Ledecky going to be one of the great protagonists of the 2015 Swimming World which was held in Kazan, Russia. The US already glimpsed them at the London Olympics 2012 winning gold with only 15 and already made clear in the 2013 Barcelona World was going to dominate the freestyle for a long time, winning four golds.

Now, in 2015, it has passed the conquest of five gold medals in five events in which it was registered. Five golds also very different tests because although all were the style ments (free or crowl), is not the same swim 200 meters, in which only raw speed, to swim a 1500, where resistance is fundamental.

Nobody in the history of swimming, neither male nor female, had won the gold in a championship in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500, to which she added the 4 x 200 relay with a key to the success of the quartet US. Long before we see a display like this, with wins with a huge superiority and spraying on the road over a world record that she alone seems able to churn in the future.

Ledecky has won 5 of the 8 golds United States, the team that eventually finished topping the medal of this World with a total of 23 medals. Australia finished behind with 7 gold medals for a total of 16 medals, and was relegated to third place with 13 medals China. That only in swimming, because in the total medal is China the boss, with 35 medals, 15 of them gold.

Spain finished in position 22 of a medal in which up to 28 countries appear. With a silver medal and a bronze for Ona Carbonell and bronze Jessica Vall, the result of Spain it has been the most discreet of the last championships. From Perth 2001, in which only one medal was achieved thanks to the polo, the Spanish swimming not get such a low figure.

2015 swimming world: the water polo goes directly to quarterfinals

The Spanish women’s water polo in Kazan looking to retain the world title so much effort made in the 2013 Barcelona World Championships. And so far are on track because, with three wins in three games in the preliminary stage, have achieved qualification for the quarterfinals.

The path of the girls who runs Miki Oca began with Kazakhstan as the first opponent. Despite an uneven match became Spain had no trouble in his debut and dominated to win by 14-7, with partial 4-0, 5-2, 1-1 and 4-4. The maximum director of the meeting was Jennifer Young, with five goals.

The next opponent was the weakest of the group stage for Spain: New Zealand. The differences between the two countries, athletically speaking, were clearly reflected in the final score: 23-2. All field players except Ortiz and Pena scored at least one goal, highlighting four Laura Lopez.

To finalize the first phase was Canada; the selection could put bigger problems to Spain in this first phase. Not so and Spain solved this stake, dull but effectively, by 12 goals to 6 . Couple with three goals, and Espar, and Maica Garcia Pena, two were the best players.

With first place in the group, Spain gets the direct ticket to the quarterfinals without going through the second round. That round will rival Spain in the quarterfinals of the tie will play the United States and Hungary. The Americans are favorites to go on and are major tournament coconuts.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: The Newest Wave to Ride in Watersports


Paddling Puget Sound

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For those who have had to suffer through winter’s cold weather, the beginning of spring means that watersports season is just around the corner. While others, lucky enough to live in warmer climates, enjoy watersports season year-round. Regardless of where you live, getting out on the water is always an experience to look forward to.

Wakeboards, water skis, and kayaks are among the typical watersports staples. However, stand up paddle boarding is increasingly becoming increasingly more popular in the U.S. Companies are popping up all over from Minnesota to Florida to California and Hawaii, and all wanting to get in on the action.

What Is Stand up Paddle Boarding?

Stand up paddle boarding, or stand up paddle surfing (SUP), comes from surfing. The paddler rides a large board standing up and uses a long paddle to move through bodies of water. The sport is practiced in the ocean, on lakes, and in wide rivers and canals.

How Popular Is Stand up Paddle Boarding?

First time out - stand up paddle boarding on a sunny day, Lake Union, Space Needle, South Lake Union view, Gas Works Park, Seattle, Washington, USA


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In the U.S., outdoors sports’ participation increased by one million people between 2011 and 2012. Stand up paddling led the pack for the highest number of new participants in an outdoor sport, with more than 50 percent of stand up paddlers trying the sport for the first time in 2012.

The New York Times has featured at least four articles on stand up paddle boarding over the past five years. The Los Angeles Times has published dozens of stories about paddle boarding, include a recent story and video this year of a paddle boarder filming killer whales up close off the coast of California.

Are Paddle Boards a Profitable Watersports Business?

Many entrepreneurs have seized the opportunity to turn their passions for watersports into small businesses. These entrepreneurs design and sell paddle boards to companies and directly to consumers, in addition to renting boards and providing lessons. Larger outdoors equipment companies have also purchased some of these small companies, adding paddle boards and surfboards to their product lines.

The most successful entrepreneurs have quickly realized the need for marketing and business development for expanding their businesses. Many of these companies have turned huge profits in just a couple of years. ATX SUP, a company that caters to entry-level stand-up paddlers, opened for business in 2009. By 2011, the company was already seeing yearly profits of $13 million.

Where Can I Get the Right Training For a Watersports Business?

Usually, when you think of sports management degrees, you immediately think of professional athletes and teams. However, a sports management degree online is a great way to learn marketing skills specific to the sports and fitness industry. These skills will help you conduct market research and make informed decisions about advertising, pricing, and distribution of your watersports product or service.

An online sports management degree will also provide critical insight into the management and building of community-based sports activities, which you can use to grow participation and interest in watersports activities like paddle boarding.

Completing a sports management degree online means that you can stay out on the water while still getting the valuable skills that will help to turn your watersports passion into rewarding work.