The video above is probably the funniest thing I have seen all day, if not all week. It is amazing. The short, which comes from an unaired 2010 Comedy Central pilot, The Untitled Andre Hyland Project, was directed by Andre … More
If there’s anyone we want to make us feel like a slouch, it’s Diana Nyad. The 62-year-old is attempting (for the fourth time) to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a wetsuit or a shark cage. She just finished her second night in the ocean (that’s right–she swims all day and all night in the open water), which means that as we slept and lounged this weekend, watching whatever we watch now that the Olympics are over, Diana was swimming the entire time–all while hoping not to get attacked by a shark. No wonder that she’s been called the toughest athlete in the world. More
Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh has not only been accused of cheating during the men’s 100-meter breaststroke (which he “won” and set a world record), but he has admitted to it. What’s worse than his cheating though is his attitude about the whole thing–and the fact that he’s not the only one who gets away with it (unlike those female badminton players). More
Why does the Discovery Channel always air Shark Week during peak triathlon season? Yes, I know there are “only” 30 to 50 shark attacks reported each year and “only” five to 10 prove to be fatal. Yes, I know you have more of a chance of getting bitten by a person than a shark. And yes, I know you are more likely to die from hornets, wasps, bees or even a dog. But still. After watching reruns of Shark Week recently, the thought of getting into the open water to train for an upcoming triathlon is terrifying me. And I only have two weeks until race day. More
A 103-mile, 60-hour swim from Cuba to Key West — that’s the goal of 61-year-old Diana Nyad who will attempt to accomplish a goal she didn’t meet when she was 28. If she completes this, not only will she realize … More
Not to rant, but today’s gym rant must be ranted and heard. The other day I was swimming in the pool at the Y near my house. (Unfortunately, said pool is often dirty — I only joined briefly so that I could swim during my first pregnancy — but the lack of cleanliness in the pool is another gym rant entirely.) I like to arrive at the pool on the later side — an hour or less before closing time — because it’s usually less crowded and much more quiet, and the chances of scoring a lane all to yourself (or even splitting it with just one other person) are much higher than during peak times.
Now, hardcore swimmers can be intense people, and there are a fair number of hardcore swimmers at this Y. (Maybe that’s partly because of the law school residence next door?) I’ve always loved to swim in any body of water, but I wouldn’t classify myself as a hardcore swimmer. I’m proficient, but I don’t do flip-turns at the wall (not at 34 weeks pregnant anyway). Because swimming at this Y is all about strategy, I find that sticking to the beginner, slow, and medium lanes is best for avoiding the hardcore swimmers, who, for obvious reasons, prefer the fast and super-fast lanes. And the less-intense lanes clear out faster, because the slower swimmers at this Y tend to be people who aren’t into working out for hours on end. (For my selfish purposes, I say: Yay for that.) More
You’ve heard all the bad jokes about elderly people sloshing around in the pool wearing kiddie-like flotation devices. News flash: Aqua aerobics isn’t just for octogenarians and septuagenarians. Turns out, folks in their 30s and 40s are doing these very same exercises on a regular basis as their primary workouts.
Water aerobics, waterobics, or aqua aerobics is defined as the performance of aerobic exercise in shallow water such as a swimming pool. Also known as AquaFit, it’s a type of resistance training. In addition to the standard benefits of any exercise, the use of water in water aerobics supports the body and greatly reduces the risk of muscle or joint injury.
Look: I’m not here to tell you to go for a run, take a hike, walk your dog, ride your bike, or go for a walk as ways to work out in the great outdoors this spring. You already know that you can do all those things – and how to do them. But I do have five cool, fun, and social ways to exercise outside this spring that will hopefully amp up our spring fitness routines (which I personally need right now), and motivate all of us to continue them right through the summer and beyond. On your mark, get set, go: More
Technology certainly has its place in fitness and athletics, but we think some exercise equipment manufacturers take it too far. Low-tech workout solutions are simpler than these souped-up gadgets — and, dear God, are they cheaper. Save your money and take it back old-school-style when it comes to your fitness routine (aside from your iPod, of course). And whatever you do, don’t waste your hard-earned cash on the following five products: More
Hilda James, showing off her Olympic swimmer’s bod at the New York Seaport in 1925. Professional athletes wore prettier gear back then, no? Photo: Shorpy.com
There’s no question that the oil disaster in the Gulf will have long-term effects on the environment, but people are starting to wonder: What about the health effects of all that oil-contaminated water? From harming our seafood to raising the risk of cancer, everyone’s concerned with how the oil spill fallout will affect our health in years to come. So we asked Dr. Naheed Ali, author of Are You Fit to Live? and Diabetes and You: A Holistic Approach, about the medical and physical effects of swimming in oil-contaminated water.
There are serious and potential health hazards from swimming in oil-contaminated waters (shocking). Here’s what you could expect to happen if you took a daily swim in the Gulf right now: More