Summer is here, and one of the best summertime memories for some of us is spending lazy days by the water. Well, if the pool is on your summer bucket list, you might want to pay attention.
According to a survey by the Water Quality & Health Council, forty-eight percent of Americans say they never shower before going into the pool. Wait … what? Whether you regularly shower before diving in or not, it helps to know why this is a recommended step. You might have noticed that you smell like chlorine after your swim, but there’s a good reason for it: With so many people jumping in and out of pools, chlorine helps keep the water free of germs. So how does showering help? When you shower, dirt, sweat, and products like deodorant are washed off. And that’s a good thing, because when you remove your own personal “chemicals,” the chlorine can do its job of killing germs. Dr. Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality & Health Council, says that “rinsing off for just one minute removes most of the dirt, sweat, or cosmetics on your body.”
What are some habits you have during the summer months to keep yourself and others healthy?