How we see the world shapes who we choose to be — and sharing compelling experiences can frame the way we treat each other, for the better. This is a powerful perspective. I felt powerful, forceful, tranquil and meditative, all at once. I joined the youth swim team at my neighborhood pool, eventually becoming a coach. I swam relay in meets, anchoring the team with a forceful butterfly. I never felt stronger or more powerful than when I swam.
Swimmers Benefit From Buoyancy
A Woman's Advantage in Fat Distribution
Most female athletes carry between 8 and 15 percent fat, but swimmers usually have a bit more -- between 14 and 24 percent. While any body fat percentage below 30 is perfectly healthy for a woman, it's expected that competitive athletes be among the leanest and sleekest people around. Swimming has different demands than land-based sports, though. Female swimmers who have a little extra padding are actually at an advantage in competition. Leanness is a benefit for women who participate in land-based sports. When facing gravity, fat only weighs you down and doesn't offer any strength or power to propel you forward. This is why female runners tend to have between 10 and 15 percent fat; they want to carry the minimum amount of weight possible. A leaner body also looks more defined and taut, so bodybuilders and fitness competitors also strive for similarly low levels. When a sport is performed in the water, however, fat provides more buoyancy than muscle mass. This allows swimmers who have a higher percentage of fat to float more readily in the water.
Swimmers, especially female swimmers, face an energy balance conundrum. Elite swimmers typically undertake , m per day in training, burning thousands of calories. However, the typical body fat levels of these athletes are significantly higher than runners or cyclists who expend similar or even smaller amounts of energy in their training. Many female swimmers have fought well-publicized battles with their body fat levels and with their coaches! They are generally prescribed "land training" running or cycling in addition to their many laps of the pool in the belief that it is a necessary treatment to produce lower skinfold levels. Do energy discrepancies really exist in swimming?
Again, though the evolving times may have brought about a relaxation in this rule, it is still followed by many youngsters. Stages of a Healthy Relationship. While you will be of the right age to date, the Church discourages you from trying to date someone while on your mission trip. In my home ward, the non-member son of one of the members of the Bishopbric was able to stand up with the Priesthood and hold his baby girl while they gave her baby blessing. Eventually I hope each wards get to a point where they know that as a ward family our job is simply to make sure that each person, member or non member knows that when they enter the house of the Lord, they are loved. Congratulations on understanding that and avoiding problems. It's a great idea to know where you stand so that you'll be prepared when this comes up in conversation.