Thursday, May 28, 2009

Swimming For Longevity

We all know that regular exercise is good for a healthy heart, but did you know that swimming is even better for you than walking or jogging?

Not much research has been done on the health benefits of swimming, but two recently published studies show that this form of exercise may be the best.

One study involving nearly 46,000 people measured blood pressure, cholesterol levels and energy output. Not surprisingly swimmers and runners had the best numbers for cardiovascular health.

The other study measured death rates among 40,547 men, ages 20 to 90 over a 13 year period. Only 2% of swimmers died, compared with 8% of runners, 9% of walkers and 11% of non-exercisers. Pretty impressive, wouldn’t you say?

It’s something to think about in case you are interested in a long, healthy life.


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  2. The key to successfully swimming for health is to swim slow. When starting out, swim from one end of the pool to the other end with one thing in mind, swim -slow- enough so when you get to the other end, you can turn around and swim back.

    Over time, this approach will let you build an exercise routine, increase your heart rate to a reasonable level, and thereby increase the time you spend exercising, thus improving your stamina.

    Stamina is the key. Without stamina your chances of survival are less when illness arrives. And your recovery time also goes up, if your body has no reserve of stamina to drawn upon.