Swimming Myths

Everyone feels a lot better when they’re swimming, especially when they’re rocking their KJ! But what about those swimming myths that weigh you down during your water adventures? While some of the worries that meet you at the water are valid, today we’re debunking some swimming myths that should not be living in your brain rent free. Take a look and see if you already knew the facts behind these myths:
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Myth #1: You are supposed to hold your breath underwater
It may be instinct to hold our breath underwater, with nose plugging and everything. But get this: holding your breath causes a buildup of carbon dioxide, leaving you feeling like you’re gasping for air. So even if it’s uncomfortable at first, it’s good to learn how to breathe out while underwater. One easy way to teach kids {or adults} is to hum underwater, which will help you release a steady flow of bubbles. Trust us, this is a game changer!
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Myth #2: Chlorine turns your hair green
Good news! This myth is totally false! Chlorine is not the culprit that turns your hair green - it’s copper! As a chemical in the water, copper sulfate helps prevent algae growth but can cause hair to get a green tint. The best solution for this is to wear a swim cap but you can also make a point to wash your hair after swimming to get that pool water out of it! Also check out our swimming hair care tips here!
Myth #3: You don’t have to hydrate while in the pool
Anyone who’s ever participated in a swim team or triathlon knows that this is FALSE! Even though you’re swimming in water, it’s oh so important to stay hydrated {there’s no magical osmosis going on here}. When we spend time in the pool, we naturally sweat {especially under the heat of the sun} and need to drink water more than ever. Plus, having a cool drink poolside is one of the best things in the world so why not?! 
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Myth #4: Babies are too young to learn to swim
Swimming lessons can be an emotional hurdle for many parents, so it’s really up to you and your baby’s comfort level on this one. Babies can start learning as early as 6 months but most water safety professionals recommend waiting until 12 months. And just a friendly reminder that your littles may not become independent, competent swimmers until 6 or 7 and should be supervised no matter their swimming ability. We all know the water is a great place to beat the heat and enjoy wearing our KJ swimmers, so do your research while teaching your littles to swim. 
Myth #5: You can’t get sunburned under water
Even if you are standing in the pool all day long, your legs can still get sunburned! We all know that ultraviolet rays cause sunburns but they can penetrate clear water to a depth of 25 centimeters {9.85 inches}. There’s also the point of your beautiful reflection! If you’re enjoying the pool and failed to put sunscreen all over, the ultraviolet rays are bouncing off the water and smacking you in the face. So even if you’re in the water all day, make sure you protect yourself with sunscreen {and let it set before you jump in the water}!
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Myth #6: White bathing suits will always be see-through when wet
Kortni is a sucker for wearing white and will be the first to tell you that white swimmers are worth it and not always see-through {especially with a nude lining}! Kortni has been wearing white swimmers for years and honestly hasn’t had any issues! If you are nervous about wearing white, size up! By sizing up, the fibers will be stretched less causing it to be more opaque + dense, so no peek-a-boos here! White is gorgeous and really makes your sun kissed skin stand out! So don’t be afraid to give it a whirl! 
Myth #7: You can’t swim after eating
You can definitely eat before, during, and after swimming. I mean, where would we be without our sodas + snacks poolside? The fact is, when you start swimming {or any form of exercise} your brain puts digestion on hold so your body can focus on the physical activity. While we don’t recommend eating a feast right before swimming, you can relax and know that food by the pool is still okay. But really, food after a day of swimming hits different, so you might as well save it for later! 
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Myth #8: Clear water is clean water
 There’s nothing more tempting than diving into clear pools or lakes - but clear doesn’t mean it’s clean. Think about it on a microscopic level - water can be way out of balance in chlorine or other pool chemicals. The best way to avoid harmful waters is to follow the guidance of pool staff or posted signs by lakes + beaches. Do your homework before you venture out to any open water swimming! You’ll be glad you did! 
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Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming without worry! These myths we just busted don’t have to weigh you down anymore! So pack your swimmers, towels, and sunscreen and take pictures so we can tag along on your swimmer adventures! It’s been a swimmingly good time and we’ll see you on the flip side🐳  And as always, drop your comments or questions below! 
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xoxo
Kortni + Team

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