Aching shins and knees can be a by-product of wearing bad shoes and running on hard surfaces.

What can you do if you are passionate about getting your exercise but don’t want to be in pain?

Potential solution?

Have you thought about swimming more frequently as a form of regular fitness? It certainly is easy on the joints.

Maybe you need inspiration and we think we have found a gorgeous swimmer who can provide you with the right motivation. article, photo article, photo

Brittany Ann Viola is an American platform diver formerly for the University of Miami. In 2008 and 2011, she won the NCAA championship in diving’s ten-meter platform. She was named to the United States diving team for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships 2011 World Aquatics Championships held in Rome and Shanghai, respectively. Viola was named Captain of the U.S. Diving Team for the 2009 event.

She’s a beautiful girl with a colorful personality so let’s have her speak for herself. Why don’t we knock on her door at to see if she’s home.

Knock. Knock. Silence. Ah, the door opens. article, photo article, photo

“I am an elite athlete, USA Diving National Team Member, and a member of USA Diving’s Olympic Performance Squad, pursuing a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

In addition, I am working for Athletes in Action as Part-Time Field Staff at the University of Miami. My goals are to teach, encourage, and support the student-athletes through their collegiate experiences.

I graduated in May of 2011, from the University of Miami, double majoring in Electronic Media and Sport Administration.

Brittany is the daughter of Frank and Kathy Viola. Frank was the 1987 World Series MVP for the Minnesota Twins, the 1988 American League Cy Young Award winner and a three-time All-Star. Kathy is a horse breeder and trainer. Brittany has one brother, Frank, and one sister, Kaley.”

Is there more? Of course there is.

Brittany was the Student Athlete Advisor Committee (SAAC) President first for the University of Miami from 2008 to 2011, and then the SAAC Chairman for the ACC for the 2008/2009 academic year.

At the 2011 US National Championships in August, our golden girl captured the senior women platform championship at UCLA‘s Spieker Aquatics Center.

Here are a list of some of her fantastic accomplishments. article, article,

Career Highlights:

  • 2012 USA Diving Winter National Championships, third place
  • 2011 AT&T National Diving Championships, first place
  • 2011 USA Diving Winter National Championships, first place
  • 2011 Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships, third place
  • Was named the 2007 ACC freshman of the year and was an NCAA All-American that season
  • Swept the 2008 ACC Championships by winning titles on 1-meter, 3-meter and platform
  • Won NCAA titles on platform in 2008 and 2011 for the University of Miami to earn All-American honors

We feel inspired and hope you do as well.

Why not put those aching joints, sore knees and shin splints in the past. Let’s get our swimming attire and hit the pool.

Brittany Viola is very inspirational.

For some cheering and support we have a guest female writer who will confirm that participating in swimming for your fitness routine is a great idea.

Please enjoy.

Is the Best Way to Fitness Through Swimming?

By Jasmine Sanchez  

Many of us dream of having a well-toned, strong physique. The first thing that comes in mind when thinking about workout and fitness is a gym. The reason why so many out there cannot attain the level of fitness they desire is that they do not approach exercise in way it should be approached. We tend to give too much importance to our outlook rather than counting on the positive impact that different exercises have on our health. What better workout there could be than the one that keeps you healthy as well as bringing your body in shape? Swimming is one of the oft-neglected exercises that can really help you in maintaining a healthy body. This little piece cites a few benefits of swimming.

The best thing about swimming is that it a life-saving skill in addition to serving the purpose of a complete body workout. We have to deal with the oceans, rivers and seas numerous times in our lives and knowing how to swim can help you put your mind at rest when going departing on cruises or fishing expeditions. It is really good if you send your children to swimming lessons from an early age as this will have them master this essential skill. It would help your children in getting over any phobia related to water. The bottom line is that even if you do not have to swim to keep yourself fit, it is highly recommended that at least you should know how to swim.

Swimming has been proven to provide the complete body workout. This is something the swimmer feels after he or she has had a good swim and it has been scientifically verified as well. In a gym you have to do a number of different exercises for the entire body and you find yourself switching between different machines and body positions. With swimming you have all of that with one type of exercise only. Swimming employs all the different muscles of your body. Although swimming cannot substitute for heavy weight training as it does not add too much mass to the body, but puts your body perfectly in shape.

Swimming is really good for the heart and the general wellbeing of your body. It adds strength and increases agility in a person. The workout environment in the gym is not suited for everybody. You often have to deal with loud music and the smell of rubber, to mention a few drawbacks of the gym environment. In a swimming pool however, you can complete your exercise in peace, enjoying yourself at the same time.

Swimming will only help you gain fitness and strength if you jump in the pool with the main objective of exercise. Many of us enjoy splashing around and playing games and tend to give less time to completing lengths. This is especially true if you go for swimming with a group of friends. So try to get a proper workout instead of merely taking a bath in a ‘larger tub’. Swimming is a strenuous exercise and might lower the glucose level so keep a few sweets in your bad, you might need them after an intense swim.

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