By Chris Klinkow
DHAC Aquatics Director/Hydras Head Coach
Spring is here and summer is around the corner! We spend a lot of time talking about getting kids to swim. But, did you know that swimming is a cool and refreshing way for adults to stay healthy too?
A recent study published in the American Journal of Cardiology revealed that swimming reduces and improves artery health in older adults.
Similar results have been seen in studies of walking. However “Because Swimming puts less stress on joints and the body’s cooling mechanisms than other exercises” it “is an ideal form of activity for older adults”.
The study’s results demonstrated that swimmers’ systolic blood pressure — a measurement of heart contractions — fell 7% to 122 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) from 131 mmHg. Their arteries also showed signs of becoming more elastic and responsive to changes in blood flow. What does this mean? Their hearts became healthier after swimming.