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October 16th, 2014, 06:36 AM
I'm planning on swim classes this summer and I'd like to know how swimming will effect my body ..

October 16th, 2014, 08:34 AM
Here's a 2012 article (http://www.usms.org/articles/articledisplay.php?aid=1937) by Laura Jones on the benefits of swimming.


The Physical Benefits of Swimming

Lowers blood pressure
Reduces bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol
Aids in weight loss and weight maintenance
Is easier on the joints than impact sports
... etc...

The Mental Benefits of Swimming

Enhances the connections between left and right hemispheres
Prevents brain shrinkage
Can help you make new brain cells
Improves problem solving skills and memory
... etc ...

The Emotional and Social Benefits of Swimming

All different levels can exercise in the same pool at the same time
There are toys such as kickboards and pull buoys and snorkels and fins to make a workout different and exciting and easier or harder as need be
Itís just plain fun!
... etc ...

Bill Sive
October 16th, 2014, 10:32 PM
I thought it was because when you lose all that weight you become HOT again!, and everyone want to go out with you!

October 17th, 2014, 09:32 AM
If you want a visual illustration of the benefits of swimming, check out these guys, setting world records in their 90s! (http://tinyurl.com/pna9vyn).

As Tiger Holmes (93) put it "My doctor told me I'd be dead 10 years ago without swimming" :) A simple message that goes a long way!

October 17th, 2014, 10:44 AM
Awesome, Julia. Those guys look like the happiest seniors I've ever seen.

Bill, LOL.:censor:

October 18th, 2014, 02:40 PM
First benefit I am still around, but may not be perfect at age 81. #2 When you go in the water you will not drown.