Water Temperature and the Effects on Your Workout - Swimming
Water Temperature and the Effects on Your Workout
You arrive at the pool and you look at the wall where the lifeguard has written several numbers—Today’s date, the number of lanes available for lap swim, and perhaps the temperature. You see 83 degrees Fahrenheit perfectly written, but what does it mean and how will it affect your practice.
The temperature can have an effect on your practice whether you are aware of it or not. Eighty- three degrees Fahrenheit is a comfortable temperature to swim leisurely, but it does pose certain limitations. Generally, warmer temperatures limit the amount your body temperature can rise. With higher water temperatures, you have a higher ability to overheat in the middle of your practice. Whereas, with low temperatures, you have the ability to regulate your body temperature and workout easier. Very hot water nor very cold water are conducive to a good workout.
Cold water can also cause difficulties in your workout. At extremely cold temperatures, your body never completely warms up. Your muscles are fighting the cold the entire time, and you will be expending more energy than necessary. For races, this isn’t ideal. Temperatures as low as 73 degrees Fahrenheit can kill a workout.
The ideal temperature is about 79 degrees Fahrenheit for aerobic swimming and competition. This temperature will be sure to wake you up upon entering, but as your practice intensity increases, the water temperature will feel comfortable. This temperature will prevent you from overheating.
Next time you get to the pool, check out the water temperature, and see what you prefer.
Written by Michelle Gean