ULM Hawkeye

If the pool stays, your fat rolls may go away


Dear editor,

The school year has begun once again, and so have the late-night cramming sessions fueled by junk food, stressed-induced belly fat, and ultimately, the “freshman 15.” Perhaps you are not a freshman, well than consider it the “Sophomore 30,” “Junior 45,” or the “Senior 60” – Oh my!

No one wants to graduate college and enter the “real world” work force looking like the before shot of a Jenny Craig commercial. Well, guess what type of exercise burns the most calories? Swimming!

On average, a swimmer burns as many calories in an hour as someone running six miles in an hour. Running outside this time of year will most likely end with a heat stroke. Instead, do a backstroke at the Olympic-sized Lake C. Oxford Natatorium. Stay cool while you stay fit. Swimming works your whole body and also improves cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, endurance, posture, and flexibility all at the same time.

Why not enjoy your Mountain Dew, Twinkies, and Ben and Jerry’s and be able to fit into your pants, too? Swimming regularly makes it possible.

“I think ULM should keep the Natatorium because it gives adults and children a fun way to exercise,” Megan Broussard said. Broussard is a former University of Louisiana at Monroe student and has been swimming at the Natatorium since she was a little girl.

The Natatorium provides both beginning and advanced swimming lessons, water fitness classes, SCUBA diving classes, American Red Cross lifeguard training certification classes, and American Red Cross water safety instructor classes. It is also used by high school swim teams in the surrounding area.


Ashley Pennington

West Monroe, La.