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Bonnie Tsui

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Bonnie Tsui is a journalist and longtime contributor to The New York Times. She's the author of AMERICAN CHINATOWN, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Her new book, WHY WE SWIM, was published by Algonquin Books in April 2020; it was a TIME 100 Must-Read Book of 2020, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Boston Globe bestseller, an L.A. Times Book Club pick and bestseller, and an Amazon Editors' Pick for Best Nonfiction. Bonnie's first children’s book, SARAH & THE BIG WAVE, about big-wave women surfers, will be published by Henry Holt for Young Readers in May 2021. ...more

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Bonnie Tsui Well, survival first of all! That's the most basic reason, of course, and I talk to scientists and follow traces of our human evolutionary past to tal…moreWell, survival first of all! That's the most basic reason, of course, and I talk to scientists and follow traces of our human evolutionary past to talk about this in the book. But after we learn to survive the water, swimming can become something else: a way to well-being, and health; a path to find community, through a team or club; an avenue to competition, which, if you think about it, is really our fight-or-flight survival instincts subsumed in a race setting. And swimming itself can be a window to flow, in all the ways we talk about that state of being: physical, psychological, emotional. The book is structured thematically, by all these different ways we can answer that question.(less)
Bonnie Tsui Hi Marc! You're right that many monkeys can swim. It's the larger primates who seem to need to be taught -- a.k.a. the great apes, which include orang…moreHi Marc! You're right that many monkeys can swim. It's the larger primates who seem to need to be taught -- a.k.a. the great apes, which include orangutans, chimps, and humans.(less)
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“Tanaka’s lab has pioneered new research on swimming’s effects on two of the biggest hallmarks of aging: high blood pressure and arthritis. “Over the last four or five years, a funky thing happened—we realized that the effects of swimming actually surpassed the magnitude of the effects of walking or cycling,” he tells me. “None of us knew that before.” Average reduction in blood pressure after land-based exercise training is five to seven points. Swimming, he found, reduces blood pressure by an average of nine points—in the blood-pressure world, that’s significant. It also decreases arterial stiffness, a condition in which the walls of your arteries become less elastic and add strain to the heart muscle.”
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“For many swimmers, the act of swimming is a tonic, in that old-fashioned sense of the word: it is a restorative, a stimulant, undertaken for a feeling of vigor and well-being. The word tonic comes from the Greek tonikos, “of or for stretching.” About a dozen people”
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“You don’t have to be a great swimmer to appreciate the benefits of sensory solitude and the equilibrium the water can bring.”
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