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Choosing a stroke that requires less head movement could help.
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Swimming is often touted as one of the most beneficial types of exercise, because it is an effective cardiovascular workout that does not greatly impact the joints. But if you start to feel sick when you jump in the pool, you might be wary of adding swimming to your regular workout routine. By knowing how to prevent nausea before you get in the pool, you can swim for fitness without feeling sick afterward.
Hydrate Ahead of Time
Bring a water bottle with you to the pool and drink frequently throughout your workout. Dehydration could be causing your nausea, especially if you forget to drink during your swim. The American Council on Exercise suggests at least 8 ounces for every 10 to 20 minutes of exercise.
Wear earplugs when you're in the water. Your inner ear is responsible for balance and equilibrium. When your ears are filled with water, you could be more susceptible to swimmer's ear, an inflammation and infection of the inner ear that can lead to nausea, dizziness and pain. Wearing a pair of swimmer's earplugs seals off the ear from water -- follow the instructions and never place a plug deep into your ear canal.
Add goggles to your swimming gear and wear them as you focus on one continuous spot during your swim. Motion sickness could be the culprit for your nausea, so you may need to focus on a spot that is in the direction your body is heading. Try to focus on a sign at the end of the pool, for example. Wearing goggles can also help relieve dizziness that occurs when you swim with your eyes closed.
Avoid the Warm Pool
Swim in cool water. Physician and survival expert Ken Kamler in an article on CNN.com warned that swimming in very warm water makes it difficult for the body to adequately cool itself. This could to nausea, exhaustion and even death. If it's hot out, swimming in a cool indoor pool may be better than swimming outside in hot temperatures and warm water.
Switch it Up
Switch strokes and opt for one that requires less head movement. When you're constantly moving your head and cannot focus on a stable point, it's easier to become dizzy and nauseous. Instead of the crawl, for instance, you might choose the breaststroke to keep your head as stable as possible and ward off motion sickness.
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