The greater Houston area had experienced 30 consecutive days of 90 degree or higher heat before it officially became summer on June 21st.

So what better activity for people of all ages to engage in than swimming?

Swimming is an activity that burns lots of calories, is easy on the joints, builds muscular strength and endurance, improves cardiovascular fitness, serves as a great injury rehabilitation tool while cooling you off and refreshing the body from this searing heat.

“Getting in the pool and doing my exercises was the best activity of all for me last summer when I was rehabbing my ACL knee injury,” said Kris Gray, a former lifeguard, who will be starting his freshman year at Arkansas Baptist University this fall. “It was peaceful, calming and the perfect way to cool off from the Houston heat.”

Today swimming is the second most popular exercise activity in the United States, with approximately 360 million annual visits to recreational water venues. Swim clubs, recreation centers, YMCAs and many other facilities feature swimming pools.

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