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Doctor insights on: Freestyle Swimming Technique

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Does swimming reduce chest and belly fat? I just know the freestyle technique and I really need to reduce my fat in 2 months time.

Does swimming reduce chest and belly fat? I just know the freestyle technique and I really need to reduce my fat in 2 months time.

Yes: Swimming is a great way to reduce fat. One must be sure NOT to eat back all those calories he burned off while swimming. This means drinking only non-sugared drinks, and eating fewer calories than one needs. That way, his body will burn stored fat for its calories. ...Read more

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I went swimming and my ears got blocked with water . I tried some techniques of removing but none worked so I bought eardrops and my ear is blocked?

I went swimming and my ears got blocked with water . I tried some techniques of removing but none worked  so I bought eardrops and my ear is blocked?

Swimmer's ear?: The water is trapped because of the surface tension keeping the water in. Try a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol. If this does not work, you will need to see your doctor about it. Do note that many long-term swimmers and surfers developed protrusions in the ear canals which may impede water drainage. When severe, they may need to be surgically removed). ...Read more

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Is swimming freestyle the best workout for your body than the other types of strokes?

Is swimming freestyle the best workout for your body than the other types of strokes?

Not always: As with all exercise, the body will adapt to it and become more efficient at it, and therefore give you less returns/results for your efforts. If all you did was freestyle, over time you would not get the same results as you did when you were beginning your freestyle program. Maybe you shouldn't abandon the other swinnimg strokes that you can perform. ...Read more

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Two weeks ago playing soccer I tore my meniscus. The swelling subsided and now I've been freestyle swimming to strengthen my leg, is this a red flag?

Two weeks ago playing soccer I tore my meniscus. The swelling subsided and now I've been freestyle swimming to strengthen my leg, is this a red flag?

Swimming is great: Swimming is a great exercise for returning strength, balance, and flexibility to an injured knee. It will not however cure or heal your torn meniscus. I assume you have had a MRI to make the diagnosis. If your exercise does not give you lasting relief from your symptoms, surgery may be your best option. Stay in touch with your orthopedist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why do our fingertips shrivel up in water (e.g. swimming pool)?

Why do our fingertips shrivel up in water (e.g. swimming pool)?

Shriveled finger tip: When sebum is washed off the skin, water is able to enter the outer layers of skin. ...Read more

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Can i loose wait from swimming?

Can i loose wait from swimming?

Fat to Muscle: You may loose some weight but you will primarily turn fat into muscle. This is a healthy thing to do and the number on the scale may be about the same but you will be in better health and that will radiate out to others. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does swimming help a person get taller?

Does swimming help a person get taller?

No: There is no exercise, yoga, diet or med that makes you taller than your genetic potential. Once your growth centers close (16-17 in women) you cannot grow taller. ...Read more

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What are the five foods not to eat before swimming?

What are the five foods not to eat before swimming?

Subscience: Most advice about "what to eat and not to eat" is subscience. I'm a swimmer and looked around online for the origin of this tale -- it turned out to be warning not to be drunk or eat something that will make you pass a lot of intestinal gas or that adds a lot of weight just before a competitive swim meet. The tale about not eating before a recreational swim doesn't seem evidence-based. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's ok to go swimming with a minor scrape?

Wondering if it's ok to go swimming with a minor scrape?

Yes: The scab protects you. Especially if it's open-water swimming, after you're done swimming, wash the scrape off carefully to remove any debris that may have stuck. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's ok to wear a pad/liner while swimming?

Please advise if it's ok to wear a pad/liner while swimming?

No: This would allow vaginal discharge/ blood to seep into water. You could use a tampon or a menstrual cup when you swim. ...Read more

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Swimming good for thighs?

Swimming good for thighs?

swimming: Swimming is an excellent all around exercise for almost everyone. ...Read more

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Is swimming good for croup?

Is swimming good for croup?

Croup?: Increased humidity is good for croup. Run a humidifier in the child's room or sit in the bathroom with the hot shower on to steam up the room. Even taking a car ride with the windows cracked over can help with the stridor of croup. ...Read more

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When are swimming lessons best?

When are swimming lessons best?

Swimming: As this isn't a real medical question i will jump in ( ha ). I started my kids when they were quite young - about 4 with gentle introductory fun. I taught swimming in high school and swam in hs and college as did my son. Be sure to not create a fear of the water and your kids will have something to enjoy their entire lives. ...Read more

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Does swimming cause white spot?

Does swimming cause white spot?

Should not: Swimming should not cause a white spot. If you came in direct contact with the chlorine it could act as a bleaching agent on clothes, but shouldn't affect the skin color unless a very long exposure. ...Read more

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Can swimming straighten my spine?

Can swimming straighten my spine?

No: Swimming is an excellent exercise and it can definitely strengthen the muscles around the spine, but it does not change the structural makeup of the spine itself. ...Read more

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Will swimming help me lose weight?

Will swimming help me lose weight?

It could: as part of an activity program couple with good eating habits, you could lose weight. If your daily caloric intake with exercise is less than the number of calories you need to maintain or gain weight, you should lose weight. If the difference is about 500 calories a day, you could lose one pound a week. ...Read more

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Can you go swimming when ovulating?

Can you go swimming when ovulating?

Yes: Your musculoskeletal system and bodily functions are not diminished by ovulation, so if swimming is your form of exercise, go for it even when you think you are ovulating. ...Read more

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At age is it safe to start swimming?

At age is it safe to start swimming?

All ages: There are classes for infants -- with adult assistance, of course. So , any age can be appropriate under the right conditions and supervision. Youngest I taught was 18 months old. (42 years ago) . Find a good program and enjoy the water. ...Read more

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