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Why Runners Should (Also) Swim

A recent article on Runner’s World shares why runners should look no further than their backyard pool to boost their skills. Swimming provides an excellent low-impact cardio alternative both as a supplement to your regular running regimen and as an fill-in when recovering from an injury. Swimming also builds the muscles you need for running, has almost no risk of injury, and adds a little variety to your training routine. Plus it’s just plain fun and just about the only way you can work out without working up a sweat! What’s not to love?

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Swimming is Perfection

If you're in search of the perfect fitness routine, look no further than your backyard swimming pool.  A recent Times article quotes research that highlights swimming as a low-impact, full body workout that strengthens your lungs, improves your posture, and elevates your mood.  So give that gym membership the old heave-ho and take a dip!

Three R's and an S

Reading? Check.  Writing?  Check?  Arithmetic?  Check.  Swimming?  What?

There's no mistake!  The third graders at Kimball Elementary School in San Diego, California can check swimming off on their report card, because it is an official part of their yearly curriculum.  Each student will spend an hour in the pool for four weeks in a row, building their swimming skills.  An old program, once retired for budgetary reasons, has been brought back in a renewed effort to teach real-world skills in the classroom and to encourage physical activity and overall health.  

Swim-to-School

It's not just the fish that are schooling these days!  In Richmond, Virginia a group of high school students and their teachers skip the walk and swim the mile to school.  The once a year event is part of an overall outdoors program that gets students out of the classroom and learning in the real world.  

Just Keep Swimming

Don't let back-to-school stop your fun!  In Florida, even outdoor swimming can be a year round activity.  You might also consider keeping up with swim lessons for the kids which provides the benefit of skills retention, exercise, and mental stimulation - all good things for the student who aims to succeed.  There are plenty of opportunities for year-round swim instruction in Central Florida - check out the top Google hits here!

'Tis the Season...

The last of the holiday leftovers are soon to be gone and the next candy holiday is two months away!  Time to buckle down so you can buckle that belt again.  Your backyard pool may be just the place to start.  Check out this FitDay article for some tips on getting started.

Go Deep!

The Hotel Terme Millepini in Italy has taken the swimming pool amenity to a whole new level with the deepest indoor pool in the world.  Divers are invited to explore to a depth of 40 meters (131 feet)...and leave the wet suit at home because the water is a balmy 90 degrees.

100 Years, 1500 Meters

Today we bring you inspiration and motivation in the form of Mieko Nagaoka, a 100-year old woman who just became the first person over 100 to complete a 1500-meter swim in a 25-meter pool.  This is just the latest feather in her swim cap, adding to her previous records in "100m, 200m and 800m freestyle, alongside the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke."

Says her son, Hiroki Nagaoka, "She is some woman. The world first means no one has done it. It was awesome that my mother has challenged and accomplished her goal at her age. She still uses her brain and tries to figure out the best way to swim, she still even tries to change her swimming form to challenge for a record. I'm really proud of her."

Mermaids ahead!

Looking for a unique idea for your next pool party?  Or perhaps just a little something fun to spice up your kids' pool play?  Check out Fin Fun and their selection of wearable, swimable mermaid tails.  With sizes to fit children and adults, and styles to appeal to boys and girls, you're certain to find something you have an afFINity for.  :D