Every type of exercise has its benefits and healthy points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.
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First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.
This makes swimming the ideal exercise for people with osteoarthritis, for whom weight-bearing exercise can be excruciatingly painful. According to Tanaka’s research of people with the condition, swimming decreases arterial stiffness, a risk factor for heart trouble. More of his research has linked swim training with lower blood pressure among people with hypertension. The coolness and buoyancy of water are also appealing to people who are overweight or obese, for whom load-bearing aerobic exercises like running may be too hot or uncomfortable. Swimming also fires up more of your body’s major muscle groups than other forms of cardio exercise.
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As someone who knows first-hand the struggles of getting out of shape and then getting back up to a fantastic fitness journey, LaTonya Wright Moyer, is confident that she can help others do the same. She is concerned with the lack of diversity found in competitive and leisure swimming in Richmond, VA, especially the lack of swimming knowledge for black girls.
As a certified swim lesson instructor, triathlete and mother to a competitive tween girl swimmer, LaTonya is confident that she can help the community by supplying information on where to receive swim lessons, giving group or private lessons, and creating a community of swimmers so you never have to swim alone.