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Health Alert: Masters swimming

(National) June 17, 2005 - Remember the fun of childhood swim teams? They're not just for kids anymore.

Tim Edmonds says the United States Masters Swimming teams are strictly for adults, "In our program we represent swimmers from 18 to 87, I believe is our oldest swimmer right now."

Team members who like competition can enter swim meets to put their strokes to the test. Edmonds says the real goal of these organized workouts is to keep you fit for life, "During the course of the workout we'll do some, some warming up, some challenging swimming perhaps or some technique work where people learn to be better swimmers."

Sarah Townsend is on a team, "They give you the pointers and the technique work to really help it be more beneficial. Cause you can kind of be working hard and be splashing around and it's not really as good of a workout."

Health experts says swimming is an ideal exercise. Barry Fasbender joined and says it's easy on the joints, good for the heart, lungs, and muscles. It improves balance, posture and endurance, "I joined in 1973. I was 35-years-old and felt worn out all the time and I started swimming and, and it makes you feel good all day long."

There are more than 40,000 members in masters swimming teams.

Reported by Dawndy Mercer
Posted 4:45pm by BrettWitt

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