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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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Is it ok to go swimming with a cut on your face?

Is it ok to go swimming with a cut  on your face?

Not best choice: Depending on severity of the cut and its state of healing, swimming in a freshly-chlorinated pool may be safe, but still irritating (and thereby potentially more scarring) for a not-yet-sealed cut. In a dirty pool, hot tub, or river/lake/ocean there are many nasty bacteria that could potentially cause an infection and a much worse problem and scar. Wait until healed, and use a high spf sunscreen! ...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