Thursday, February 3, 2011

Everyone in the pool...

Have you heard? A recent study out of the University of South Carolina shows that swimmers live longer compared to people who take part in other physical activities. "Swimmers had the lowest death rate," explains Dr. Blair who took into account age, body mass index, smoking status, alcohol intake, hypertension, other medical factors and family history. "This is the first report that examined mortality rates among swimmers in comparison with other types of physical activity and sedentary lifestyle. We conclude that men who swim for exercise have better survival rates than their sedentary peers." Check out the article in Daily News of Open Water Swimming. Suddenly, the goggle marks and smell of chlorine on my skin that stay with me for hours afterwards seem like a good trade off!

8 comments:

Ewa said...

Did it matter what style they swam? I suck at freestyle but am half way decent at breaststroke.

Travel / Surf Guy said...

Huh,

Thank is great and thank you for sharing Karen,

cheers,
Steve

Jennifer said...

Yay! I love swimming.

Jill said...

YAY! I used to swim in college ... hated it and quit after 2 years, but I do incorporate it into training now, at least once a week :).

Happy Weekend!

That Pink Girl said...

Swimming. I have a love hate relationship with the pool. I love it, but it hates me back. It wants to kill me; I am sure of it! Every time I get in the open water to swim I'm convinced I'LL have an immediate death rate, ha!
Swimming is soo good. I need to make friends with it.

Amanda said...

With no pool at my disposal I'll have to take my chances and keeping running :)!

Karen said...

That is such a neat statistic! I think I need a pool now. LOL

ashley (redonk runner) said...

my husband and i were just saying we needed to start swimming some.. good motivation!