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Recreation: Swimming and Pool Trivia

  • Elephants can swim as many as 20 miles a day — they use their trunks as natural snorkels!
  • 65% of people in the U.S. don’t know how to swim.
  • In butterfly stroke and breaststroke, swimmers need to touch the pool with both hands simultaneously when they finish. Swimmers touch the pool with only one hand when they finish in freestyle and backstroke swimming events.
  • The most popular freestyle stroke is the crawl, considered the fastest stroke.
  • An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
  • Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs.
  • Swimming helps reduce stress.
  • The slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breaststroke.
  • The fastest and most efficient swim stroke is the freestyle.
  • Most swimmers at the highest levels of competition train from four to five hours per day and five to seven days per week. They will typically swim about six to twelve miles per day along with weight training and flexibility training.
  • The Olympics are swum in a 50 meter pool or long course pool. Pools used by the NCAA and high school swimming programs can be 25 yards to 25 meters. These pools are called short course pools.
  • An Olympic size pool depending on its size (50 meters X 25 yards or meters) can hold from 700,000 to 850,000 gallons of water.
  • As with any other type of exercise you need to stay hydrated while swimming and you need to drink water. Your core body temperature can rise as the activity increases. Your body also produces sweat as it does with other physical activity, but it is not as apparent since you are already wet.


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