A physical therapist Michael Milnes Rochester, MN who lives and works in the Historic District of Rochester. He makes his home in a Victorian house built in 1890, and maintains his practice in another that was built in 1894.
When he has some time to himself, Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN keeps up a vigorous personal health regimen. In the summer months he runs long distances, hikes, and rides his bicycle. He also walks to and from work; the two Victorians are only six blocks apart.
But winters in Minnesota can be long and imprisoning, and during the winter months Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN works out at a nearby health club and also does a lot of swimming. “Swimming is one of the best exercises there is,” he says. “There are the obvious benefits of swimming – building muscle strength, keeping trim, and all that. But I think one of the great things about swimming as an exercise is that it’s low-impact. You get a great workout that uses just about all the muscle groups, but you don’t take that pounding you get when you run, when your knees and ankles get really get beat down.”
The reason for that, he says, is that about ninety percent of the body is buoyant when swimming, so you only have to bear about ten percent of your body weight. That gives the swimmer a greater ease of movement and puts a lot less strain on its bones, joints, and muscles.
“You don’t get all sweaty, either,” Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN adds with a laugh. “And that’s a real plus. Christine hates it when I come in from a run on one of those hot summer days, and I’m dripping all over the place.”
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