You might be too embarrassed to ask some of these questions in public. So, we’ve taken the liberty of answering some of the most common and most embarrassing swimming questions for you (and the thousands of other swimmers who have have the same troubles).
How can I prevent chafing?
Chafing. Even the word itself sounds unpleasant. It occurs when loose swimwear or training equipment rubs incessantly against a delicate body area. Triathletes and distance swimmers are especially prone to this annoying, yet exceedingly common, condition. One of the best ways to stop chafing is to prevent it before it ever begins. This means wearing quick-dry, form fitting swimwear. If that doesn’t do the trick, try vaseline, or any other kind of lubricating balm. Once chafing has occurred, calm its burn by applying a healing watersports salve to the afflicted areas for quick relief.
Why do I get gas when I swim?
If you often experience a bout of gas while swimming, you’re not alone. Swimmers of all levels share this common complaint while working out in the water. If you feel more than a little bloated after a few laps in the pool, then it may be your breathing pattern that’s causing you to create more bubbles than necessary. Swallowing air, which is a major contributor to intestinal gas, can be caused by a poor breathing technique. Make sure that you are breathing out your excess breath underwater and only inhaling air, not swallowing it, while above water. If you don’t suspect your breathing pattern to be the cause, try to cut down on refined carbs pre-swim to avoid bloat altogether.
How can I keep water from going up my nose?
Many recreational swimmers never grow out of holding their nose when entering the water. And who can blame them? Getting water up the nose is one of the most unpleasant sensations. Ever. But, holding your nose when you jump or dive in isn’t exactly the coolest-looking pool entry. To break this habit, practice blowing bubbles from your nose while you’re underwater. If you can hum, you can blow nose bubbles. Just close your lips and hum your favorite song for practice. If you’re still uncertain, you can always try nose clips. Nose clip designs have come a long way in the past few years and will free up your hands for more swimming, diving, or splashing.
How can I be more comfortable changing at the pool?
This is an especially worrisome thought for newer swimmers. Unlike changing at the gym, changing at the pool requires you to take off all of your clothes to slip on your suit. And unless you’re comfortable wearing your suit underneath your clothes all day long, you’re going to have to strip down if you want to swim. Thankfully, everyone in a pool locker room is in the same boat. Even if you don’t feel the greatest about your body, you have nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. Chances are, no one will even glance your way as you don your suit. Everyone else in the locker room is concerned with their own workout and probably hasn’t noticed your pregnancy stretch marks or your slightly asymmetrical moles. The best thing you can do is be as confident as possible and respect other’s privacy in the same way you’d expect.
Have swimming questions we didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments below. And make sure to brush up on your lap swimming etiquette before your next swim.