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What is the best way of getting into open water swimming?

I faced the same challenge about 2 1/2 years ago. That is, no swimming background but wanted to try open water swimming. Based on my own trial and error path, I would recommend the following: ...
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What is the best way of getting into open water swimming?

If you don't have a swimming background, then you need to learn to swim in a controlled environment before you move to open water. This may mean lessons, or if you had lessons as a child, then getting ...
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Dealing with ankle cramps in open water

Proper hydration is key to preventing cramps. If you have ruled hydration out as a cause, try rolling the arches of your feet on a lacrosse ball (you can get them cheap at the sporting goods store ...
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Bhastrika Pranayama and lung expansion exercises what is the upper safe limit, 500 per day too bad?

I have met a number of people who overdid Bhastrika and Kapalabhati pranayama. Both are very heating or warming for the nervous system. Many yoga practices have been overprescribed because of their ...
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Drowning in the sea when swimming

To answer your primary question, eating before swimming does not cause cramps. Whether oxygen-deprivation stomach cramps are real or not is open to debate, as is whether they can be brought on by ...
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Minimum water temperature for swimming workout

It depends on your body and acclimation. I had a friend who was an excellent swimmer who died after being stranded in Lake Michigan when it was 45F. I was at a 1 and 2 mile race once where the water ...
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