Have you ever been warned not to take a dip in the pool right after eating when you were younger? Perhaps you’ve been told not to pee in it as well for there’s a chemical in the pool that will instantly make your urine visible.
Chances are, you’ve complied with these unproven warnings and you fully believed your elderly whenever they warn you about it. Besides, you were kids back then so anything older people tell you automatically registers in your head as true and correct.
Now that you’re an adult and know precisely which is right from wrong and true or false, do you still believe in these swimming pool myths? Here are the most common swimming pool myths uncovered.
Myth #1: Wait for an hour after eating before jumping in the pool
You have been reminded of this multiple times since your were younger. It is presumed that going into the pool right after eating a meal will cause you to get cramps which might further lead to drowning.
It’s a smart technique parents use to lure their kids away from the pool after eating. However, there has been no proven instance where this notion applies. Yes, it is important to let your stomach digest the food you just taken in but an hour or so isn’t really that necessary. To be sure, only jump back in the pool if you’re no longer full and if you’re comfortable to swim again.
Myth #2: Special dye in the pool that makes urine visible
No such chemical has been developed in this age yet but we sure bet it will be arriving soon in the future. With it finally being clear, we still recommend you taking your kids off the pool and implementing bathroom breaks to promote proper hygiene.
Or, we can still recommend you sticking to this myth just to keep your kids away from peeing in the pool. Besides, it works as a warning to your children, right? At least now you know you’re children are safe from any embarrassment anyway.
Myth #3: Swimming is bad for people with asthma
Among all the items in this list, this is your biggest misconception that you should scratch off right now. To put it simply, swimming is one of the best sports that decreases asthma morbidity.
There’s no need to further explain on this. The only thing you need to know in order to conclude how swimming is good for people with asthma is: swimming requires an efficient breathing technique that overtime expands your lung capacity. And since water is denser than air, our body and lungs perform twice as hard that usual which gives our lungs a good exercise which then leads to relieving and decreasing asthma symptoms.
Myth #4: Chlorine kills all the bad bacterias
People think that since there’s chlorine in the pool which fights bacterias, it’s safe to swallow pool water. It’s true though that chlorine attacks and gets rid of bad bacterias however, it can’t fully take over all nasty water organisms. In fact, some bacterias take up to weeks for chlorine to knock down.
Bottomline, ingesting pool water isn’t a good idea so keep yourself and your children from doing it intentionally.
Myht #5: No need to hydrate while swimming since you’re in the water
Just because you don’t feel thirsty when in the pool doesn’t mean you no longer have to rehydrate yourself every now and then.
The same being just because you’re in the pool which makes your sweat unnoticeable doesn’t mean you’re not sweating out. Being in the water doesn’t makes swimming less exhausting, swimming is ultimately like any sports so don’t forget to keep a bottle of water with you to rehydrate at all times.
Which myth did you believe as a child and what other swimming pool myths do you know? Educate our readers and share it with us!
About Chie Suarez
When she couldn’t be found eating pizza or indulging on sweets, Chie writes for Zapals — a global shopping site that delivers one of the largest innovative online department stores to people in the world.