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Healthy Living for April from EPRD

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May is National Water Safety Month - a great time to talk about the awesome health benefits of swimming. Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water.
Swimming:
•Keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body •Builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness •Helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs •Tones muscles and builds strength •Provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming
Learn more about the health benefits of swimming from WebMD.
EPRD offers lessons, fitness classes, lap and open-swim hours at swimming pools at Wulf and Buchanan Park Rec Centers. Drop in! Learn more about aquatics for youth and adults.
There will be no open water swimming program in Evergreen Lake this summer. Healthy BodyTraining with Your Dog Train for the Evergreen Trail Racing Series - a 5-race series of challenging runs ranging from 5K to a half-marathon …

Deep Water Aerobics

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Deep Water Aerobics Because National Water Safety Month is coming up, I decided to try Water Aerobics (8 AM Tuesdays at Wulf Rec Center) this week. 

I found a group of friendly, enthusiastic women in the deep end of the pool, who all greeted me warmly and supported me as I learned what to do. Because most had gray hair and some were enrolled in the SilverSneakers program for older adults, I assumed this would be a fairly easy, not-too-challenging workout. 

WRONG!

Instructor Marilyn Krause gave me a flotation belt to keep me from sinking and told me to do what felt comfortable. Then she led us in a series of intervals over the next hour, including many moves that felt suspiciously like (kind of wet) yoga. (Thankfully, no inversions.) But there were splits, lunges, jumping jacks, twists, jogs, and so much more. There was never a dull moment, and my heart was pounding the whole time.
Why Water Exercise?It's low-impactIt builds strengthIt's a balanced workoutIt stabilizes the trunk (co…