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!