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.

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