Articles posted by MD Alan Jackson

An enjoyable, challenging, and healthy sport, especially advisable for people who suffer from joint pain, is swimming. Swimming puts almost no pressure on the joints while at the same time stimulates the muscles and the lungs. A lot of muscle work is required in order to move the body across the water in different patterns or body movements, depending on the swimming style chosen by the individual.

It is often said that the best way for swimmers to optimise their performance is to swim naked and until the middle of 19th century, that’s exactly what most people did! The following brief history of swimming attire will make you appreciate the benefits of modern technology when you next dive into a swimming pool or relax in the spa, sauna or steam room.

Although at times it feels like the world has gone health and safety mad and any fun seems to be subject to a risk assessment, when it comes to swimming pool safety you really can’t be too careful. Most swimming pool safety measures are common sense but whether you are thinking of installing an above ground swimming pool for the first time or you have had a swimming pool for a while, the following checklist could make a life saving difference:

Thanks to ongoing innovation and scientific research, swimmers are getting ever faster and word record times are common place in big competitions. Although John Trudgen introduced front crawl with a scissor kick to Britain in 1873, front crawl with the more efficient flutter kick was first seen in a swimming race held in London in 1844, where the Americans easily defeated the British breaststroke swimmers.

Here are some interesting facts you can share with your friends poolside one evening. Fact 1: Drawings and paintings found in ancient Egypt, which date back to 2500bce depict people swimming! Fact 2: During the early 19th Century, swimming naked was commonplace! It wasn’t until the mid 1860s that local authorities and swimming clubs introduced regulations that swimmers had to wear costumes when swimming in public. Around this time men and women were allocated different sections of beach to ensure they swam separately at the seaside.

As London 2012 draws ever closer, it’s highly likely watching the world’s most outstanding swimmers in action will inspire you to put on your water wings. By installing an above ground swimming pool from Products4Pools you can attempt to emulate the elite on a daily basis without having to leave the house! Why not go all the way and treat yourself to a spa, sauna or steam room for some well earned relaxation after all that exercise?