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3/4/08 2:54 P

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our pool is heated (there are senior water aerobic classes there too) but not anywhere near 85 F, more likely something in the 70s. i don't feel sluggish in the pool, it's cool enough that i can really put in an effort and not feel like i'm getting too warm.
i went to a different pool once and the water felt like in my bath tub - more like body temperature, much too warm!
shannon, the bit about your blood vessels constricting and expanding makes perfect sense to me. i'm just amazed that this would influence how i feel for hours afterwards!

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3/4/08 1:45 P

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It makes sense to me! Especially when I consider how I feel after working out and then using the hot tub. Thanks, Shannon! I think I'm going to change my hot tub schedule a bit. Our pool is heated, and I've often thought that they keep it too hot (around 85 degrees F, ouch). (I guess they need to keep it warm though because of the seniors who hold water aerobics classes in the pool.) Anyway, the last thing I need I think is to get even more hot, in the hot tub!
Thanks again!

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3/4/08 1:10 P

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Bine-
Ok I do not know the answer for sure.
I know when you sit in a hot tub you make your blood vessels vaso dilate. So after a really hard work out you may not want to sit in a hot tub because you may be more sore the next day. I know this from personal experience.
Have you ever swam in a heated pool? When you swim in a heated pool you slow down. I think because your blood vessels are dilated. When you swim in cold water they constrict.
Blah blah blah... Anyway I think the hot water may make you too relaxed because of the blood vessels etc.. Cold water constricts and etc... Does this make sense? I am not sure if I understand myself emoticon

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3/4/08 10:26 A

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Ok, that's in interesting question, Bine. I use the hottub at the gym after I swim and then take a hot shower as well and almost always feel tired by the time I head out the door. I think I'll change it up a bit, and use the whirlpool before I swim maybe. Aslo, a cooler shower and see if I feel more refreshed. I just figured that I was working a little too hard, hehe. Very interesting question!

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3/4/08 1:29 A

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Sorry Bine, I dunno!
I always shower with cold water, so I can't really compare!

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3/3/08 8:31 A

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okay, this may sound weird, but has anyone noticed different effects whether they shower hot or cold after a swim?
i used to have a hot shower after swimming to rinse off the chlorine, and even when i still felt fit in the pool and able to do a few more laps, after the hot shower and 10 min bike ride home i used to feel like my legs wouldn't carry me up to my 3rd floor flat.
recently i have finished off my hot shower with a cold shower, and i have been feeling much fitter after my swims. i'm wondering if that is my overall improved fitness or if it is the cold shower.
not that it really matters that much, but i got curious about this one.

Edited by: BINEMELLES at: 3/3/2008 (08:30)
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