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Residents keep active with water-based exercise

For a number of years, residents at Compton Gardens Retirement Community in Aspley have been enjoying the benefits of weekly aqua aerobics classes.

The classes are taken by qualified aqua aerobics instructor Donna Farrell, and 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 has been fully refurbished for the coming summer season and 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 of achieving 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.

Fully refurbished swimming pool at Compton Gardens Retirement Community

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.

“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 and a seated exercise class for less mobile residents.

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