THE WATER BEARER
As we head into the Age of Aquarius, the characteristics of this vibration will be increasingly seen in contemporary media. AI, or artificial intelligence, is one major measure of this incoming tributary. Computers, laptops, iPhones, iPods. kindles are all part of an electronic wave coming at us, each requiring their own learning curve.
Aquarians are thought to be quite beautiful or handsome throughout their years. They are networkers, who bring people together in common cause. Their habits are the templates of a new era.
With Delphinus (the Dolphin) embedded among the stars of Aquarius, swimming themes are often attributed to this constellation. As the vibration of the era becomes stronger, so will the themes associated with them. Swimming will be one of the substantial activities of the New Dawn. Because it is a part of the new vibration, it is coming at us with greater energy, vitality and healing.
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A daily dip in the deep end could add years to your life
As if you needed another excuse to hit the pool this summer, new research shows that swimmers live longer than walkers and runners. And not just a little bit longer, either. In a study of more than 40,000 men ages 20 to 90 who were followed for 32 years, swimmers were 50 percent less likely to die during the study period than were walkers or runners.
The results were so unexpected that the lead researcher, Steven Blair, a professor of exercise science at the University of South Carolina, is hesitant to draw any broad conclusions. “I was expecting to see swimmers and runners have a lower risk for dying,” he says. “I was a little surprised that the swimmers had a statistically significant lower death rate than the runners, but they did.”
As a lifelong swimmer, I’ve been touting the health benefits of my sport for ages. Swimming is highly aerobic (an earlier study with this same cohort found that swimmers’ cardiorespiratory fitness was about equal to that of runners); it can be done year-round; and it’s low impact, meaning it doesn’t strain your lower joints as intensely as running and walking. “One might speculate that swimmers are less prone to lower-extremity injuries,” Blair says.
In my role as the fitness editor of this magazine, I would be the last person to say you need to give up walking or running in fovor of swimming. There’s a huge body of evidence providing the health benefits of all three sports. Besides, if all my running pals descended on my neighborhood pool, I would never get in a decent workout. But if you like to swim, this is just one more reason to dive in. “People who can’t walk or run because of physical limitations- arthritis, for instance- can reap all the health benefits of an exercise program by swimming.” Blair says.
-Gabrielle deGroot Redford
July/August 2009 AARP