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Dealing with Joint Pain? Try Swimming

from WISH-TV

You've pounded your legs on the pavement for years and just can't seem to put in the miles you used to. Try hanging up the running shoes; don a swimsuit and goggles for the workout that gives you the highest cardio-respiratory fitness compared to any other sport: swimming.

Kris Simpson, an ACSM certified personal trainer, a basketball coach and triathlete admits the swimming portion of the "swim, bike, run" was very challenging.

"Lats and back were sore, your shoulders are tired, my core got stronger, my triceps – [I have] nice swimming arms now," says Simpson.

The challenge of swimming is in the resistance. Water offers between 12 to 14 percent more resistance than air, which forces you to build and tone muscles faster. In a study of men who completed an eight-week swimming program, they saw a 23.8 percent increase in the triceps muscle in the back of the arm.

"The fact that you're using your arms and your legs and you're trying to move through the water makes it a bit of work, makes it a great workout," says Simpson. more

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