For a number of years, residents at TriCare Compton Gardens Retirement Community have been enjoying the benefits of weekly aqua aerobics classes.
Taken by qualified aqua aerobics instructor, Donna Farrell, the classes are held every Friday morning from September until April and are tailored to the residents’ fitness levels and capabilities.
Classes are conducted in the Village’s heated pool which is easily accessible with steps and a handrail, along with a shallow end to suit everyone’s needs.
Mrs Farrell says residents can be confident to achieve more in a heated pool without the risk of injury.
“The combination of water and heat provides more flexibility and much less pressure on the joints.
I have also recently introduced a session on falls prevention which involves residents stepping over imaginary logs, lifting their legs and feet, all the while they keep moving,” said Mrs Farrell.
Aqua aerobics is a popular form of exercise for the over 60s due to its low impact nature. Benefits include cardio fitness, lower blood pressure, weight control and balance.
Mrs Farrell says that participants don’t necessarily need to be able to swim to take part and the classes help to build water confidence and a sense of achievement.
“Most importantly it’s fun! There is a lot of talking and laughing during the classes which is just as important as the physical benefits.”
Not one to sit still herself, Mrs Farrell also teaches a weekly ‘active aged’ class at the Village which involves weights and balance training, along with a seated exercise class for residents who are less mobile.
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