Aquatic expert weighs in on benefits of exercising in the water

Swimming is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of exercise.
It may be easier to go for a jog or hop on an elliptical machine than it is to suit up and take a plunge at your local pool.
However, for those willing to brave the water — and possibly some chlorine hair — an ocean full of benefits await.
“It is a great total-body workout,” says Tricia Yack, the director of the Bridgman Aquatic Center in Bridgman, Michigan. “Overall, you are using every muscle group, as well as working on your cardio.”
That’s right. The pool is not just a place for kids and adults to splash around in.
As Tricia points out, swimming can provide an excellent cardiovascular workout proportionate to the amount of time and effort you put into your routine.

We hope you enjoyed this digital “taste” of Michiana Life. Now take the next step! We want you to truly experience the magazine by holding it in your hands and enjoying the beautiful photography, layouts and advertisements in high-quality, glossy printing. To read the full articles you can subscribe to the magazine by clicking HERE or grab a free copy at more than 300 locations across northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. Don’t miss out on a single issue!

Craig Haupert is a community editor at Leader Publications who writes and shoots photography for Michiana Life.