Fitness Friday: Swimming, of course!

During these steamy summer months, many families take the plunge to cool off in a community swimming pool, a pond or river, the ocean or even in a backyard kiddy pool. There's just nothing like splashing around in the water to cool off!

Zoe and Sierra—our mischievous and energetic sea lions—know that, too. You can usually find them loafing around the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center, cavorting and porpoising in the pool. Swimming is, in fact, a great way to get exercise, too. Just think about Michael Phelps!


If you've seen them zip through the water, you know these gals are expert swimmers. Sea lions learn to swim when they're only a few weeks old, and they grow up to be among the fast marine mammals in the oceans today, reaching speeds of up to 25 miles per hour! They have to be speedy to stay one step ahead of predators in the wild.


While not all of us can swim as well as Zoe and Sierra, it's always refreshing to watch them make some waves. Come on down and marvel at the aquatic acrobats at the Aquarium. And as you're looking to cool off at the water's edge this summer, just keep in mind a few water safety tips:
  • Always make sure you swim with an adult or a buddy
  • Keep an eye on the weather
  • Swim only in safe areas, beware of waves and dangerous currents
  • Know your limits, take a rest if you need to

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