Let’s talk about the importance of time outs. On this blog, we have dedicated a lot of time to discussing how healthy and fun swimming can be. That said, there can be too much of a good thing. Taking a break now and again can help give our bodies a much-needed rest. When it comes to swimming, taking it easy could be the healthiest move of all.
Swimming Safety Means Time Outs
Whether you are swimming in your own pool, a community pool or even at the beach… the importance of time outs cannot be understated. Believe it or not, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that roughly 3,500 unintentional, non-boating-related drownings occur each year. Furthermore, one in five people who die from drowning are 14 years old or younger. Besides death, non-fatal drowning can lead to serious injuries, hospitalization and even long-term disabilities.
One of the best prevention methods is to simply take a break. Swimming is an incredible cardiovascular exercise. The cool water lets us forget the woes of sweating and overheating. That said, we are still sweating and using our energy. Taking a time out isn’t just a good idea, it is quite healthy!
Additionally, mandated breaks at a public pool or even a private party gives everyone a chance to hit the bathrooms, apply sunscreen and get a drink. These time outs are a great opportunity to head to the shade and rest. As you can see, it is a win for everyone. The whole family can benefit from some well-planned time outs.
Listen to the Lifeguard
Many of us who have swum in public pools have probably been present for a mandatory break. At public pools, it might be the law for lifeguards to get everyone out of the water for a bit. This often comes in the form of an hourly 10-minute break.
These breaks are required for both children and adults. Besides the safety of the swimmers, the importance of time outs affects lifeguards as well. This gives the lifeguards a chance to break and rest. As we have detailed quite often in the past, active supervision requires supreme focus and concentration. It can be quite taxing when done for long periods of time.
Sunscreen and Hydration
As we mentioned above, taking a break is a great time to handle small but important tasks. In this case, it is a great opportunity to get out of the hot sun. When masked by the cool water, many people do not realize just how much the heat is beating down on their skin.
A time out is a great chance to get out of the blazing sun and step indoors. The shade can cool a person off and give them a moment to reapply sunscreen. Since sunscreen wears off, it should be constantly reapplied during the day. This can help to prevent nasty burns and injuries.
Beyond this, this is a great time to have a drink of water. Our bodies need more liquid than we may realize. Even though a swimmer is surrounded by water, they are still sweating. Hydration is extremely important for the human body. Taking a break offers an opportunity to grab a cool drink of water. Try to avoid sodas or sugary sports drinks. As we’ve discussed in the past, alcohol should always be avoided when near water. Drinking water will always be the best way to rehydrate and refuel.
Once the mandatory time out ends, it will be time to return to the water. Of course, now every person will be a bit more relaxed, hydrated and rejuvenated.