Water aerobics has many benefits

Rec Report column by Grand Forks Recreation.

Water aerobics is often considered a low-intensity workout program appropriate for all levels of fitness. Water aerobics actually offers multiple benefits to participants regardless of their level or experience.

It’s low impact: exercising in water makes you feel about 90 per cent lighter. When you jump or run in the water, your body does not experience the same impact that these moves cause on land. This makes water aerobics an ideal activity for those with arthritis, back problems, foot or leg injuries, and knee conditions.

Water aerobics is more discreet: If you find other group exercise classes intimidating because of complex choreography or windowed studios, the pool offers some discretion. Most moves are performed underwater so only you know if you missed a step.

Consider the calorie burn: expect to burn between 400 and 500 calories per hour in a water aerobics class, according to the Aquatic Exercise Association.

The actual amount you burn will depend on your size, the intensity of your movements, as well as water temperature and depth. In general, faster movements incorporating the upper and lower body in deep water elicit the greatest calorie burn.

The Grand Forks Aquatic Centre offers various drop in classes throughout the week.

Advanced Aquafit classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 – 10 a.m. Moderate Aquafit classes are held Monday through Friday from 10:15 – 11 a.m.

Therapy Aquafit classes are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11:15 – 12 p.m. Single admission fee or membership pass applies to all the drop-in classes.

For detailed information on drop-in fitness classes or our registered programs and schedules, give us a call at 250-442-2202 or email us at gfplay@rdkb.com.

You can also find more information about Grand Forks Recreation by going to the regional district Website at www.rdkb.com, looking under “services” and selecting Grand Forks.

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