It's Time Texas: June 13, 2012

The hot and humid weather in South Texas has many people looking for ways to stay cool.  One of the most popular solutions is swimming at a city pool.

In this week's installment of It's Time Texas, John Thomas shows us while trying to shed the sweat, you can also burn a few calories.

Arrive at Collier Pool and you are likely to run, make that swim, into dozens of residents socializing, cooling off from the South Texas heat and exercising.

Shane McGill is the aquatic area supervisor.  He says if you are looking to dive into a new way to lose weight or tone up, swimming could be for you.

"It works the respiratory system.  It's just a low impact, high quality work out," says McGill.

McGill says if you are new to the water or just returning, take it slow.  Build up endurance and perfect simple inside and outside strokes used in freestyle.

There are several tools commonly found at pools helping burn the calories.  Flippers and paddles increase and decrease resistance.  Goggles keep the water out of your eyes.  And no one is ever too old to grab hold of a kick board, just ask retired middle school teacher Terry Muschalek.

When she is not gliding along in the water, Muschalek relies on braces to walk.  She was born with Muscular Dystrophy and swears by the healing qualities a pool offers.

"Being disabled has made me a stronger person in a lot of ways.  It's been a big hurdle, a big challenge.  So, I do it one day at a time," says Terry Muschalek.

With a page from Muschalek's book and practice, swimming should easily be a fun, low-cost, effective means to good health.

As always, before you engage in any new physical activity, consult with your doctor first.


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