Everyone knows that swimming is good for health, but do not rush to visit swimming pools, explaining their reluctance by various reasons, sometimes completely implausible. So a lot of myths about the dangers of swimming in the pool (especially in winter) are born. Let’s try to determine how much of them correspond to reality.


After the pool, especially in winter, it’s easy to catch a cold.

You can catch a cold and just have been for a while in a draft or having frozen ice cream before dumping. In order for the swimming in the pool to have the most beneficial effect on your body, you should not immediately rush out and get dressed, run out into the street (especially on frosty days), and sit for a while in the lobby or in the cafe (if there is one). Only warmed completely, you can go out.

Wet hair can cause migraine, neuritis, and even meningitis.

Wrong opinion. Unpleasant sensations can arise only in those who do not wear hats during bathing, and after – do not dry their hair. If you used both a hat and a hair dryer, everything will be all right.

Chlorinated pool water is harmful to the eyes and skin.

Of course, the water in the basin is treated in various ways – ultraviolet, ozonation, chlorination. The most severe – chlorinated, which can really cause discomfort if you have dry, sensitive or allergic skin. However, the skin and other external influences dry out – soap, dry air in a room where the conditioner or heater works. Therefore, in any case, I have to take care of the skin. There is a lot of body creams, choosing one of them, you will significantly improve the condition of your skin, moisturizing and nourishing it both after taking a normal bath, and after visiting the pool.


Ozonated water is not as harmful to the skin as chlorinated.

Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. The effect of ozone on the skin is more sparing, however, like chlorine, it helps to “loosen up” the skin and dry it.

In the pool, it is easy to pick up a fungus or warts.

Such a danger exists not only in the basin, but also, for example, on the beach. In order to protect your body as much as possible, you first need to choose a swimming pool, where all visitors are required to obtain a health certificate, and secondly, to approach the water in slippers.

In the pool you can get a sexually transmitted disease.

This is not true. Any urogenital infections are not transmitted through water (in chlorinated and ozonated water they simply die), nor on contact with various surfaces in the pool.

If you are not young, and you have not learned to swim, you have nothing to do in the pool.

It should be remembered that in all pools there are health groups, where the trainer is engaged with people who do not know how to swim. And age in this business is not a hindrance – it is never too late to acquire useful skills.


If you forgot the towel, it’s nothing – in the pool will give.

Indeed, this kind of service is provided, but it should be remembered that towels offered in the pool can be washed without the use of disinfectants. As a consequence, there is a risk of contracting a fungal infection. Therefore, it is desirable to still grab your towel from home.

After a swim in the pool, you can not take a shower.

This is not true. The shower should be taken before and after bathing, and immediately after swimming it is best to rinse with an antifungal gel, especially thoroughly washing the skin folds of the interdigital spaces.

I’ll do a manicure – and in the pool.

Applying nail varnish before visiting the pool really does. But if you have done a manicure or pedicure, it is better to refrain from visiting the pool (at least on the same day).

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