Steps to an ideales life :
STEP 1 -> take a deep breath, put on your bathing suit, and exhale.
STEP 2 -> empty your thoughts and head with a smile to the nearest swimming pool or beach.
STEP 3 -> once you arrive at your destination; relax for 5 minutes taking in the wonderful scenery.
STEP 4 -> Take 5 deep breaths through your nose, exhale through the mouth and …SPLASH!
STEP 5 -> play, exercise, and swim!
STEP 6 -> if you can, please repeat daily.
To be assured these are the steps for an ideales life, here are the results perhaps of the greatest research ever made about the positive effects of swimming:
Swimming reduces the risk of death in men by approximately 50% compared with running, walking and not exercising!
This is the finding of a study by Dr. Steven Blair, a researcher at the University Of South Carolina School Of Arnold. Dr Blair evaluated very extensive physical examinations, physical activity data and conducted surveys of 40,000 men, aged 20-90 years, enrolled in the Aerobic Center Long-term Study (ACLS).
The results were published in the International Aquatic Research and Education and are superb for those who swim and exercise. “Swimmers had the lowest death rate,” said Blair, adding “This is the first report that examined mortality rates among swimmers in comparison with other forms of physical activity and sedentary lifestyles. We conclude that men who swim for exercise have better survival rates than those who lead a sedentary life. ”
The study takes into account age, body mass index, smoking, alcohol intake, hypertension, other medical factors and family history. “These lower death rates in swimmers compared with death rates in men with light exercise and sedentary life may have been expected, but surprisingly, they also observed lower mortality in swimmers than in runners”, said Blair. “Swimming seems to be a healthy alternative to other types of physical activity.”
The study participants were white, educated men, middle or upper class. But Blair said, “There is no reason for us to assume that the benefits of swimming would be different for women or men in other socioeconomic groups. In a previous study in this same population, we found that both women and men had similar benefits from swimming for fitness and other health indicators”.
Blair also found that regular swimmers had a higher cardio respiratory capacity than walkers or sedentary people. “Swimming provides a healthful alternative to traditional modes of exercise for improving cardio-respiratory capacity and health of the general population, as well as for patients suffering from chronic diseases,” he said.
So follow our 6 steps …it’s good for you!