Friday, August 16, 2013Print

3 Reasons to swim now!

I was prepping for some teaching here at work, and I came across the 2008 Blair Study from Univ. of South Carolina.  I know I have blogged about it before, but this study is worth a second discussion, and to paraphrase: “About just the facts Dan-O.”

Study Facts: The 2008 Steven N. Blair study used data of over 80,000 patients from 1970 to 2005 for its Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study; including 5,000 mortalities from that group in that time frame, and further conducted specific Cardiovascular Disease Mortality breakdowns on high, median, and low groups of Cardio Respiratory Fitness.  This group included 7,080 women and 25,340 men.

 Important Conclusions: 

1.       Low fitness (being sedentary) increased your relative risk of all- cause mortality by a factor of 2.03.  You are over 2 times more likely to die younger because of being a couch potato! 

2.       Of the forms of fitness studied, “Swimmers had lower all-cause mortality rates compared to sedentary men, walkers and runners.” Swimming is the best! 

3.       It was further concluded that “Swimming is a good form of exercise for individuals who do not participate in other forms of physical activity.”    

I think these study conclusions speak for themselves.  Talk to your family about getting into your pool more - every day if possible.  Swimming is good for you on many levels; it is safest for joints, best for overweight individuals, reduces stress, decreases blood pressure and increases aerobic capacity.  A nice list of beneficial side effects, and if you swim, statistically, you will live longer. 

Let us know if we can do anything for you to make this important family decision happen, we are here to help you enjoy your pool to the fullest.

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