NORTH CREEK - A group of local women received their dose of daily exercise to the tunes of the Beach Boys on Tuesday as they took part in the newly-offered water aerobics class at the Copperfield Inn pool.
Sue Murante, a certified WaterArt instructor, leads the group twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m.
Murante became interested in the activity in Florida as a form of low-impact exercise and now does some sort of water aerobics three times a week. She has been an instructor for three years.
"It helped me tremendously and I thought if it works for me, it should work for other people as well," said Murante.
She affirms water aerobics improves balance, burns calories, decreases pain and stiffness, improves coordination, strengthened muscles, relieves stress, and improves cardiovascular endurance and range of motion.
"Simply moving in the water supports and even massages body," said Murante. "Movements are made much easier as well."
The class involves a lot of stretching and light aerobic exercises, taking advantage of the 30 percent higher resistance level in the water, according to Murante.
Tina Gregory, one of the members of the group appreciates the opportunity to remain active.
"It is a great form of exercise, but is not an overly tiring kind of workout," she said.
Several members of the group travel from Indian lake and Blue Mountain Lake to take advantage of the opportunity.
"I suffer from fibromyalgia and it helps tremendously with my muscles stiffness and pain," said Isabel Dunbar. "The benefits are great."
Men and women of any age and swimming level are welcome to attend classes. Interested parties are welcome to come watch a class before joining.
The cost of $5 per class covers the cost of using the pool. For reservations and information, call Murante at 251-2225.