The Water Instinct Blog

17 May 2018

Topics: Fitness & Wellness

Fitness, weight-loss and body toning: 5 busted myths

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1. Calories don’t count: FALSE! Of course they do! The only way to lose weight is to put our bodies in a situation where they are in calorie deficit; in other words, the amount of the calorie intake has to

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8 May 2018

Topics: Training & Technique

Butterfly – Training plan for beginners and amateurs

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The butterfly is the swim stroke that has evolved most over the last 10 years. Breathing every stroke, “shifting your weight” forwards (also a feature of the breaststroke) and as little forward head movement as possible. It is the hardest

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4 May 2018

Topics: Training & Technique

CrossFit: pros and cons for swimming

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Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of CrossFit as supplementary training for swimming. Today we’re going to talk about a rather recent innovation in sports training that could be introduced into the swimming. I am talking about

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24 April 2018

Topics: Training & Technique

What effect does lack of sleep have on performance?

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Rest is a vital part of performance and a real key to achieving your goals. Over the last few years it has become increasingly obvious that the quality of an athlete’s performances depends on several factors. Physical fitness, mental preparation,

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17 April 2018

Topics: Fitness & Wellness

Swimming With Contact Lenses

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Most people don’t have perfect vision. If you’re far-sighted, you may feel a bit helpless at a restaurant when you’re unable to read the menu. At the pool, though, near-sightedness is usually a bigger issue. Some people just put up

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13 April 2018

Topics: A Swimmer's life

What does it mean to be the parent of an athlete?

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Often, while waiting to start my workouts, I stop to notice how the people on the side of the pool observe the lessons and what’s going on in the pool. Next to me, with tired but satisfied facial expressions, sit

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12 April 2018

Topics: Fitness & Wellness

Swimming as a cure for stress

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Early mornings, cars, traffic, smog, computers, deadlines, queues, rushing about, shopping, delays… The list could go on for hours, but that would just make everything even more stressful. Stress is one of the main causes of psychological ailments like anxiety,

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3 April 2018

Topics: Just for Women

Getting Ready for Summer: Burning Extra Calories at the Pool

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Swimming is a great way to lose weight and get in shape. See how many calories you burn with the various strokes and with other water sports at the pool. Did you overindulge in the chocolate eggs at Easter? Or

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27 March 2018

Topics: Fitness & Wellness

Pool etiquette: basic points for good cohabitation

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At times all that is necessary is an exchange of glances, a small gesture to understand each other right away. A passing, a dive, a slowing down of pace. Sharing the pool becomes immediately more“friendly”, thanks to those rules that

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23 March 2018

Topics: Fitness & Wellness

Why am I not improving?

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People who have just started swimming often expect to improve more quickly than is really feasible. This inevitably leads to frustration, particularly when you cannot swim the number of laps you would like to or develop the kind of swim

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