Laugh your way to good health with aqua aerobic classes
THE words fun, laughter and exercise usually do not complement each other in the same sentence.
But now they can with Gladstone Physio and Fitness's aquatic fitness and aerobic classes, offered twice a week at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.
Professional trainer and aquatic therapist Tracey Moore said exercising in the water has many benefits and advantages, one of the more prominent being having fun and sharing laughter during exercise.
"There's lots of laughter, which people don't expect to hear during exercise," she said.
The class is based on a combination of aerobics and fitness, giving benefits to strength, flexibility and increasing cardio fitness.
"When you are immersed in water you become more effective with exercise," Ms Moore said.
Noodles or woggles and foam dumbbells are also incorporated, which work to increase the resistance and make exercises a little more challenging.
The classes have been popular among all ages, mostly women, from teenagers to ladies in their 70s.
But Ms Moore stressed aquatic fitness would be ideal for men, and would also be beneficial for pregnant women.
"It suits all ages and most abilities. You're working in resistance and you can achieve more in the water."
She said you work about 11 times harder in the water than you would on land.
"It's almost like an effective weight machine, the harder you push the harder the water will pull back," she said.
She said most people are surprised with their own physical capabilities during the water-based fitness class.
"It's a great kick in to fitness, particularly for people who don't cope very well with land-based exercise, whether it be because of heat-stress or intolerance to exercise."
While having similar fitness benefits to land-based classes it also comes without the post exercise pain.
"There is minimal post muscle delay ... you're cushioned and you have more support and buoyancy around you so there is less impact on your body, joints and muscles."
The classes are held every Monday and Wednesday at 6pm at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.
A $15 fee applies for each class but other offers are also available.
For more details and to book your spot, phone 4972 0947.