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What Does It Mean When You Have An Urgent Urge To Pee After Swimming

What Does It Mean When You Have An Urgent Urge To Pee After Swimming

All of us can relate to the embarrassing situation of having an urgent need to pee during or after swimming. But most of us were too embarrassed to even talk about it or discuss it with the doctor. Well first of all, it is completely NORMAL for this to happen and there is a legitimate medical reason behind it. If you’re worried that your bladder is problematic then read on and find out the science behind this and what you can do about it.

Your Bladder Has Done Nothing Wrong

First off, it’s not your fault. The reason why this happens has nothing to do with you. It all depends on the water’s temperature. The colder the water, the higher diuresis ( a medical term for increased urination) for you. What happens is called ‘cold immersion diuresis’.

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The Science Behind This

This is basically a step-by-step breakdown of what happens.

1. The cold water leaches the heat of the blood vessels that lie near the skin surface.
2. The blood vessels constrict, and hence there is decreased flow of blood in the body’s extremities in a bid to conserve heat.
3. This prompts a quick increase in blood pressure.
4. The body responds to this by compensating for the increased arterial blood pressure by relieving itself of liquid.
5. The quickest and easiest way for your body to do this is to pee.

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As a result, it can get uncomfortable for most people. Without practice, some may even find it impossible to urinate in the cold water. Others, when they leave the water, feel the need to urinate has increased a hundredfold as the muscles of the body are finally allowed to relax.

What Happens In A Swimming Pool

This phenomenon is not just related to cold water. Most of us have faced this in public or private swimming pools because pool water although warmer than the sea is still way cold than the normal human temperature. Plus,when you leave a warm pool to go to a cooler place like the changing area or the shower, you may feel sudden goose-pimples on your skin and an overwhelming desire to pee, for the same reason outlined above.

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What Should You Worry About

There is a major consequence to this and that’s dehydration. What happens with marathon swimmers who are crossing the English Channel for instance, is that their food consists of liquid carbohydrates. Generally, your body needs one litre of water per hour, and as a result of this ‘cold immersion diuresis’, the liquid that is processed by the kidney instead of returning to the body is stored in the bladder. Furthermore the cold suppresses the production of vasopressin hormone or ADH which in turn is supposed to suppress diuresis. The swimmer is forced to urinate more and the body requires more water to make up for the mild dehydration.

So if you have an urgent urge to pee during or after swimming, realize that what happens is a natural bodily response and that there’s nothing wrong with you. In order to ensure optimum performance, adequate hydration is a must. Try to consume beverages that have water, glucose and electrolytes in them. Share this information with your friends and placate their doubts too!

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Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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