by Katy Bergen December 26, 2019
According to the World Health Organization, water temperatures ranging from 78 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit are generally comfortable and safe for those engaging in moderate physical activity in a pool.
But health concerns come in with either extreme—too hot or too cold—and when it comes to health concerns related to pool temperature, risk is related to personal health and the type of activity.
It’s recommended that all people approach extreme water temperatures, in both pool and open water, with caution.
Hot water can cause a rapid decrease in blood pressure, which can lead to dizziness or loss of consciousness. That’s why it’s recommended that hot tubs be kept below 104 degrees Fahrenheit and why competition pools and recreational pools have different temperature guidelines.
The more strenuous the water activity, the more important it is for the water to not be too warm.
“High aerobic activity in high temperature water can be dangerous,” according to the United States Water Fitness Association.
Conversely, swimming in temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure. Risk, particularly for cardiac arrest, continues to increase in water under 64 degrees Fahrenheit, which is why many regulatory bodies require wetsuits when these conditions apply to an open water competition.
Water temperature matters!
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