Some of the benefits swimming offers are flexibility, losing weight, muscle toning, and building of strength. Considering these advantages and many other, there is really no reason for anyone to stop swimming during the winter. Every city offers a range of indoor swimming pools for you to go to. However, you must take some percussions before going to these facilities.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that every person leaves behind, 0.14 grams of fecal matter to the swimming pool. According to a CDC report from 2010, one in eight pools posed serious violations that threatened public health. Those pools were closed immediately after. I guess pools are not as clean as they seem, after all.
2. Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)
Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) is a term used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), referring to the various types of illnesses that may be spread by recreational water locations such as swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, lakes, rivers and oceans. The most common type of RWI is diarrhea, but skin infections, gastrointestinal infections, eye infections, ear infections, respiratory infections, neurologic problems, and infections of wounds and injuries are also possible.
E. Coli is the most common bacteria that can be found in pools. One of the reasons being that people urinate inside the swimming pool, instead of going to the rest-room. Changing baby’s diaper near the pool can also contribute to bacteria getting into the water, so try to avoid doing that. Change your kid’s diaper at some place more appropriate. Do not put your and other families at risk of getting ill.
4. Personal hygiene
It is important to shower with soap and water before you go to pool. Also, do not go to the swimming pool if you have recently had diarrhea. When you need to go to the restroom, go. Do not use the pool instead. Shower after you get out of the pool as well. The hygiene of your swimsuit is also relevant; therefore wash your bathing suit after a swim. You should always bring more than one swimsuit so you can change into a dry, clean one. There are various web sites for you to shop swimwear online so you do not need to leave the comfort of your home.
If you sense a strong smell of chlorine from the pool, something is wrong. Swimming pools contain chlorine because it is intended to kill any germs and bacteria. However, when the smell of chlorine is very intense, that means the pool needs better maintenance. If you come across that kind of smell, do not go into the water, because you will be at risk of a lung and skin irritation, various allergies, asthma, and bladder and liver cancer. When the water is well chlorinated it has very little odor.
Have all these facts in mind the next time you want to take a dip. Moreover, if you wish to contribute to better hygiene of swimming pools, bear in mind some of the following advice. Wash your hands often, do not swim if you have diarrhea, shower before entering the water, wash children after they use the toilet, or after you change their diaper. Enjoy the swim.