Janet Evans Returns to The Pool, Shares Swimming Passion with New Generation

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Olympic legend writes instructional book, puts support behind USA Swimming's Make a Splash program. Janet Evans will be attending Friday's US Swimming Championships in Indianapolis.

Swimming positively affects so many aspects of life, and is beneficial across a broad range of ages and abilities, from the very young to the very old, the very slow to the very fast, those with injuries, pregnant women and fitness buffs.

Young swimmers have converged on Indianapolis for the US Swimming Championships and Janet Evans will be there too. But instead of making a splash in the pool, she will be promoting two new projects aimed at increasing participation and enjoyment of swimming. Twenty years after she first broke three swimming world records, Janet Evans uses the same pace to bring swimming to a new generation.

Evans has thrown her support behind USA Swimming's new "Make a Splash" initiative to combat drowning statistics and promote swimming to people who otherwise might not learn to swim. She serves as a spokesperson for the program.

Additionally, her new book, "Janet Evans' Total Swimming," offers techniques and workout programs for a wide range of swimming talents. The book just hit bookstores nationwide.

"I wish every person in the country could experience the benefits of swimming," says Evans. "Swimming positively affects so many aspects of life, and is beneficial across a broad range of ages and abilities, from the very young to the very old, the very slow to the very fast, those with injuries, pregnant women and fitness buffs."

Evans details the benefits swimming provides, calling it the all-in-one fitness package, as swim strokes work most of the body's muscles in a variety of ways. "Swimming strengthens and tones muscles, significantly enhances core strength and improves flexibility, endurance, lung capacity and provides incredible improvements to the cardiovascular system--all without breaking down the body," she asserts.

As a new mom, Evans' perspective on swimming has broadened to its benefits to both mother and child. "When I became pregnant, the thought of stopping never crossed my mind," she says. "Swimming is one of the best ways for a pregnant woman to stay healthy--for herself and her child--during the months leading up to delivery. Swimming is low impact, doesn't elevate the heart rate like running does, and in the later stages of pregnancy, the buoyancy of the water can be quite soothing."

She applauds USA Swimming's Make a Splash program for its effort to bring her sport to more children. "As a mom, I'm more aware of kids' safety issues than ever," she says, "so bringing swimming to kids who otherwise wouldn't have the chance to learn not only reduces the risk of drowning, but also introduces healthier lifestyle choices, as well."

Evans will be attending the championships Friday evening for the Make A Splash program. For more information on the book, visit http://www.HumanKinetics.com.

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