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Why Swimming May Be the Best Form of Exercise There Is

These four health benefits make swimming something you should be doing to get in shape or stay fit. 

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise you can do, but don’t just take our word for it. Here are four reasons why you should be getting in the water if you want to get in shape and stay fit.

The most common New Year’s resolutions include becoming healthier and exercising more, but about 80 percent of these goals fall through by February, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Swimming might be the best way for these goal-setters to stay on their targets.

“The enjoyment in activity is extremely important in terms of continuing to engage in those activities,” says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor in the University of Texas’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

Tanaka points to a study of minimally to moderately obese young women done by Grant Gwinup and published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 1987. Participants reported that they enjoyed swimming much more than running and cycling.

Swimming is also the third-most popular exercise, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, meaning you’ll have someone to work out with. Continue reading from United States Masters Swimming

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Link to Find a Way by Diana Nyad in the Catalog
Link to Breaking the Surface by Greg Louganis in Hoopla
Link to Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui in the Catalog
Link to Chasing Water by Anthony Ervin in the Catalog
Link to Young Woman and the Sea How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World by Glenn Stout in the Catalog
Link to Splash 10,000 Years of Swimming by Howard B. Means in the Catalog
Link to Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim in the Catalog
Link to Grayson by Lynne Cox in the Catalog
Link to Swimming Tips and Techniques by Peter Richardson in Hoopla
Link to  Amazing Pace The Story of Olympic Champion Michael Phelps From Sydney to Athens to Beijing by Paul McMullen in the Catalog
Link to How to Swim Faster by Moody McGee in Hoopla

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