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  • Health and Nutrition

How to Return to Swimming After Having Contracted COVID-19

If you’re one of the 24 million U.S. residents who have beaten COVID-19, you’ll face a lot of variables as you plan your return to the water. How do you know when you’re really ready to start swimming in the pool or open water again...

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Ruth Hoskinson

Ruth Hoskinson, who passed in 2020 at age 90, was unafraid of adventure. She never saw a record that she didn’t try to achieve or a challenge that she did not try to surmount. It was late in life when she learned the probable source o...

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  • Health and Nutrition

5 Reasons Why Swimming is Great for Lung Health

Your lungs are a unique organ. They reside deep inside your body, but are the only internal organ that has continual and wholesale exposure to the outside world. Think about it: Every time you breathe in—roughly 20,000 times per day for the ave...

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  • Health and Nutrition

4 Reasons Why Swimming is Great for Heart Health

Any kind of cardiovascular exercise—the kind of activities that get your heart pumping and your sweat flowing—can help build your heart muscle and make you stronger. But swimming, in particular, is a really great way to exercise for heart...

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  • Health and Nutrition

3 Reasons Why Swimming is Great for Musculoskeletal Strength

Swimming is a great full-body workout, but what does that mean? Well, it means that it’s one of just a few types of exercises that engages a vast range of muscle groups in your body, and it’s a great way to strengthen muscles you might n...

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  • Technique and Training

What Masters Swimmers Should Talk About With Their Coaches

Most swimmers think of their coaches as people who stand on the pool deck and loudly tell them what to do and how fast to do it. Because coaches like to hear themselves talk, you may have the impression that they prefer communicating in one direction...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Train for Middle-Distance Swim Races

Dialing in the optimal pace for a middle-distance event is a challenge, especially for athletes who race multiple distances in a single meet. How can coaches prepare their swimmers to allocate their energy for their best performance in freestyle even...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Have a Great Freestyle Recovery

Lots of swimmers focus on the stroke portion of freestyle—and rightly so. This is the phase of freestyle that provides the always-needed propulsion. Your freestyle recovery, the portion of your stroke that doesn’t move you forward in the ...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Get a Great Swimming Workout in a Short Time

Pool closures and lane restrictions because of COVID-19 have forced many swimmers into time-constrained workouts. Many pools, if open at all, have gone to a model that allows one or two people per lane. Times, which are limited because time is needed...

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  • Health and Nutrition

3 Reasons Why Swimming is Great for Joint Health

It’s a common refrain on pool decks: “I used to run, but my knees [or hips or ankles] can’t take all that pounding anymore, so I took up swimming.” That’s because swimming—and the near-weightless, killer full-body ...

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