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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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!
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.
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.
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!
Aaron's Leak Detection congratulates Michael Phelps on his latest Olympic gold medal - bringing his count to a staggering 19 gold medals and 23 total. For reference, the nearest gold medal count after his is nine! Phelps (and team) won his first gold of the year in the 4x100m freestyle relay. He'll participate in five more events during the Rio Olympics, with the potential to set the bar even higher.
Summer is coming and soon your backyard pool will be beckoning! Fill it to the brim with laughter and fun by teaching your kids the classic pool games of your childhood and then try learning a few new ones! Tip Junkie has you covered with twenty games that will please players of all ages!
In Florida, swim lessons for small children are the norm, but have you considered the benefits of keeping your older kids involved in organized swimming? For reasons both physical and mental, it is to your child's advantage to stay in the pool throughout their childhood. Check out five of those reasons here!
Winter has finally arrived in Central Florida with bracing temperatures in the 40s to 60s. That's enough for most in the Sunshine State to close down their swimming pools, but before you do, consider these hardy winter swimmers...
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.
When it comes to pools, going green has generally been something to avoid. Until now! The interest in natural swimming pools continues to grow, spreading from Europe to the United States, as concerns for the environment and personal health take center stage.
Don't be limited by the small size of your backyard pool! A few simple items and you can swim til your arms won't swim anymore!
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.
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."
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