Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “the Midwest is best” used to describe the congenial personalities and laid-back lifestyle of the region’s residents, but the benefits of this area go beyond even its friendliest dwellers. Living near water, including Lake Michigan, the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world, and inland lakes like Wisconsin’s Geneva and Delavan, affords residents incredible natural beauty and the opportunity for a plethora of activities. Here’s a look at some of the unexpected advantages that living near water provides in the heart of summer.
Of course, beach days, stand-up paddle, boating, and fishing are all fun activities; however, the benefits go beyond recreational enjoyment. According to a study conducted at England’s University of Exeter, proximity to water naturally encourages physical activity. Whether a run along the beach, a long walk, or refreshing swim, any form of exercise encourages good physical and mental health including reduced blood pressure, lower cholesterol, heart health, and a sense of overall well-being.