Author Archives: Rachel Blake

About Rachel Blake

Rachel Blake has been working at Underwater Audio for the last year doing Customer Service. She recently graduated with a MA in History of Science. She enjoys running, hiking, any type of music, dancing with her husband, and playing with her puggle.

Making the Most of Your 30-Minute Workout

Geoffrey Chaucer once said, “Time and tide wait for no man,” and, if you’re anything like me, you know that’s true, because of more than a little trial and error. Whenever I spend more than ten seconds in bed after the morning alarm goes off, I find that the all-too-familiar “You don’t have time to work out today” bug h...

The Diet Guide: Paleo

The Paleo Diet! I'm sure you've heard about this rising trend of this caveman style cuisine. But what is it?  What do you eat? Is it a fad or will it really improve your health? Back to the basics The idea is that you eat only things that primitive humans would eat back before factories, food trucks and even before farming. It ...

Abalone Facts

Our oceans are pretty amazing. Scientists say we've only explored about 5% of Earth's oceans. Imagine what kind of crazy stuff is out there that we don't even know about! One animal that we do know quite a bit about is the Abalone. You may have seen this mollusk's iridescent shell before, but how much do you actually know about this...
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Waterproof Headphones: Underwater Audio’s Comprehensive Guide

Underwater Audio currently offers four styles of waterproof headphones with five different types of earbuds, many of which come in multiple sizes. It's time to clear up some of the confusion and learn how to get the most out of your waterproof headphones. Know what you're here for? Skip to: Swimbuds Swimbuds Sport Swimbud...

Five Myths About Drinking Water

Everybody knows your body needs water to survive! You may have heard some of these common sayings about drinking water, but how many of them are actually based on fact? Here are five myths about drinking water: 1. Drinking More Water Makes Your Skin Moist and Youthful-Looking If you get severely dehydrated, your body starts pulli...

Swimming for Beginners – Guide to Learn Swimming

So you're ready to try swimming for exercise, but maybe it's been a while since you've been in the pool. A lot of people choose swimming because it's such a great form of low-impact exercise. Whether you're suffering from arthritis or joint pain, recovering from an injury, or you just want to try a new sport for weight loss and othe...

To Shave Or Not To Shave

As a right of passage in becoming a man you learn to shave. You start with a disposable razor (which any good father has removed the blade), you pile high the white smelly foam and lather your face up. You learn to glide the razor over the curves of your face. So what does this ritual have to do with swimming? Everything! Via ...

Protein Potion: The Newest Brands to Pump Up Your Swim

Whether you swim for the health benefits or to be the best, taking a deeper look at post-workout snacks could benefit you tremendously. I'm sure we all know someone who just has to have their protein shake the minute they step out of the pool. If you're like me, you don't worry about it that much (and there's nothing wrong with that)...

4 Benefits of Water Zumba

Aqua Zumba. Have you ever heard of it? I’m sure you’ve heard of the classic form of Zumba. Well, Aqua Zumba is just what you’d expect by the name. It’s zumba performed underwater. Which is why it’s great to have an Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod shuffle for this activity. Here are some of the benefits of Aqua Zu...

Exercise Rivals: Hiking Versus Swimming

You may have heard the phrase “Any exercise is good exercise”. While this statement is true, there are some exercises that are better for you than others. With that in mind, today I wanted to look at the differences between Hiking and Swimming. Hiking Hiking is a great form of exercise for various reasons. First of all, you get...

How Swimming Can Be Used as a Coping Method in Mental Disorders

Unlike in earlier generations, there is more awareness and less of a stigma around mental health conditions. Due to increased focus and openness, there is more research on methods of treatment. And there are more resources available to those who suffer. Research has recently shown that different forms of exercise can help with men...

Exercise Rivals: Weight Training vs. Swimming

Have you ever asked yourself “Which is a better workout: Weight Training or Swimming?”  I most definitely have! It’s a valid question, and there are many different answers to it. Let’s take a look at some of the differences and similarities between swimming and weight training. Weight Training Weight training is one of the...

The Best Innovative and New Waterproof Technology

Water enthusiasts are in luck as more and more companies are making waterproof options for technology. Gone are the days of stressing out about getting your camera, phone, or iPod wet. With these awesome products, your underwater adventures are about to reach a level that's totally epic.   Waterproof Smartphone: Sony Xper...
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Inspirational Quotes From Famous Swimmers

As fellow swimmers, sometimes it's nice to get some inspiration from those who have paved the way to success. This blog is dedicated to providing motivation for those trying to meet their swimming goals. So, here are some inspirational swimming quotes from famous swimmers. They have accomplished so much and we can learn a ton fr...

3 Ways to Mix it Up with Freestyle Swimming

The freestyle stroke… it’s a fan favorite. I would argue that it’s the stroke I see performed most often for fitness in gyms. It’s definitely the most popular stroke in my opinion. But it can also become boring if it’s overused. Here are some tips and tricks to mix things up! I like to think these strategies make the fre...

4 Benefits of Water Aerobic Exercise

Water aerobics is an amazing option for exercise that is becoming more and more popular.   Here are some of the benefits:   Rehab for Injuries Have you recently had surgery on a joint or limb? Are you looking for a good way to continue to stay fit and rehabilitate your injury without stressing your body further? ...

Swimming World Records Throughout History

The changes in swimming world record times over the past 100 years have been dramatic. For instance, the record time for the female 100m breast stroke was 1:37 in 1921; In 2013, Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania set the record at 1:04. There are a few theories as to why record times have decreased so dramatically. First, training has...
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Top Places to Windsurf

There's a certain sport that deserves more popularity. WINDSURFING.   It is really fun and takes serious skill! Two of my favorite places on earth also happen to be prime spots for this amazing activity. I'm going to share these secret hotspots with you so you can try out this sport too!   Columbia River Gorge, Washin...

Fastest Swimming Fish and Animals

The more that I swim, the more curiosity I grow about the subject. For instance, if humans have to be taught to swim, how is it that so many animals also know how to swim (when we are supposed to be smarter on the evolutionary chain)? I guess it comes down to nature or something. But still, I can't help but be blown away with thes...

5 Different Types of Swimming Exercise

Swim activities provide the perfect environment to tone muscles and trim excess fat due to its high resistance properties. It is 800 times denser than air, so each kick and push is amplified to get you results you can see. Swimming is usually the first water exercise that comes to mind and is an especially good workout for your c...

How to Get Your Life Guard Certification

Lifeguards are the unsung hero's of summer. These brave young men and women spend their summers watching over us as we play in the pool. There are times when we feel like they are sooooo annoying telling us not to run or to stop diving head first into the shallow end. But it's for our own good. On those rare occasions when e...

How to Get Your Child Involved in Competitive Swimming

When it comes to high school sports, I often think I took the easy way out. While growing up, I took swim lessons. I spent hours in the pool and loved the feeling of gliding through the water. I loved trying to go faster and beat my fellow swimmers in races. Then came high school, a growth spurt and the ability to toss guys aro...

5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Winning the Triathlon

Any professional athlete who has taken part in a triathlon will tell you it is incredibly hard work. You don't just start at the top, you have to work your way up, improving with each race you do. There are certain things you should avoid doing when participating in a triathlon. Here are 5 reasons why you aren't winning the triat...

Swimming Groups, Clubs, and Affiliations Around the World

I love swimming. As an older person, swimming laps can be a nice relaxing workout. But growing up swimming was all about spending time with friends and doing fun stuff around the lake or pool. People all around the world want to have a swim buddy or two. If you are looking for a group, here are some swimming groups, clubs, ...

How to Really Appreciate the Iron man Triathlon

I say it again and again, a triathlon is the hardest sport event ever. Doing a swim, a bike ride, and a run is crazy hard. Now make that swim 2.4 miles and the bike ride 112 miles, and just for good measure add a marathon at the end, all in 17 hours and you have the makings of the hardest sports event ever! But how do you reall...

Training for a Triathlon in 3 Months

I have said it before and I will say it again for anyone who hasn't heard me. Triathlons have got to be one of the hardest sports out there. Having to swim, ride and run all in the same race is just killer. Getting ready for a triathlon can take months and months of work and preparation. But what if you didn't have months and m...

How to Protect Your Shoulder When You Swim

Shoulder injuries are some of the most common injuries from swimming. Whether it's a strain from overuse, poor form or something more serious, shoulder injuries can be prevented. So, to keep you off the injured list, here are a few things to think about as you train:   EXERCISE Shoulder protection starts before you get ...

Swimming Strokes: Pros and Cons to Each Style

When I was younger, I loved to doggy paddle around the lake. I was supposed to stay in the kids side. But I kept swimming out farther and farther until I realized that I couldn't touch the bottom anymore. And then I'd panic. My parents would quickly rescue me and remind me to stay in the area closer to shore. I would totally l...

Sports Trivia Questions for Swimmers

Growing up my friends and I would spend hours trying to stump each other with trivia. Our favorite trivia was sports. We could spend all day talking about this player or that trying to come up with the one fact that the others didn't know. These days, I spend a lot of time talking about swimming and swimmers. And I thought it w...

Surviving an Apocalypse: The Swimmer’s Edge

We have all casually thought about the way that the world will end. Whether you think we are going to blow ourselves up, that the population is going to get overrun by zombies, or that climate change will continue unchecked, swimmers will fair relatively well when it comes to facing an apocalypse. Breaking down some of the scien...

Swimming Myths Debunked

  Imagine this… You’re enjoying a wonderful July summer day and you’ve just enjoyed a delicious hot dog. As you jump in the pool with your friends, you shriek in terror - YOU HAVEN’T WAITED AN HOUR YET! Is there really anything to be afraid of? Will your fudgecicle cramp you up enough to die in the community poo...
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Feeling 20 Years Younger Than Your Friends Who Run?

  Are your runner friends bent and feeling old while you as a swimmer feel young and full of life? There is a reason for that. Swimming has many unique benefits that make it a great way to get the exercise you need and keep you in the shape you want.   First of all, swimming is one of the highest calorie burning ex...