After suffering a heart attack six years ago, Jerome Smith’s heart only pumps at 34 percent of a healthy one. But that hasn’t kept the 73-year-old from blasting away at SCAQ Masters swim workouts. And now he plans to compete in his first swim meet in 15 years.

 

            Smith said he is looking forward to completing a goal, as well as the experience of swimming against himself and the clock.

 

            After his 2009 heart attack in Bikram Yoga, Smith went three minutes without a pulse. But one week later he was back in the water.

 

            And his healthy lifestyle will go far in keeping him out of the ambulance; a Mayo Clinic study showed that only by moving at your VO2 max (the maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use) does your body generate certain metabolic enzymes and hormones that are so beneficial to health and longevity. It goes back to our genetics for survival: we needed something extra to escape the lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!

 

            “It’s so good for you,” Smith said. “But it only happens when you push yourself to the max. Anyway, it seems to be working well for me. God knows I hate doing anything at a slow, plodding pace.”

 

            So get out and get moving today! Start the blood pumping for healthy heart. You can join Jerome at one of his regular workouts at Southern California Aquatics. We hold workouts all over the L.A. area including the Westside, Culver City, Santa Monica and South Bay. Come out for a swim today! Swim.net, SCAQ@SWIM.net.

Views: 40

Comment

You need to be a member of Culver City Times to add comments!

Join Culver City Times

The Culver City Times is the news and social network for Culver City.  Stay informed.  Join now!

      • Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.

• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of your business or the school play? Upload them.

For daily updates

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Latest Activity

DojO- promoted Culver City Julian Dixon Library's event Blues with Brother Yusef
6 hours ago
Riyana Ghomes is now a member of Culver City Times
7 hours ago
Culver City Julian Dixon Library posted an event
Thumbnail

Blues with Brother Yusef at Culver City Julian Dixon Library

February 24, 2018 from 2pm to 3pm
9 hours ago
Donald Shapiro posted a photo
Friday
Lucy Pollak posted an event
Thumbnail

The Goodbye Girl at UCLA James Bridges Theatre

January 25, 2018 at 8pm to January 28, 2018 at 10pm
Jan 10
Lucy Pollak posted an event
Thumbnail

The Hothouse by Harold Pinter at Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center

January 18, 2018 at 8pm to March 11, 2018 at 2pm
Jan 7
Donald Shapiro posted a photo
Jan 6
Elsa Martinez is now a member of Culver City Times
Jan 3

© 2018   Created by Culver City Times.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service