Swimming and Water Safety

The silly season is just around the corner – and it often means events, parties, food and drinks with unwanted weight gain as a result. Why not combat the festive celebrations this year by adding exercise to your pre-Xmas To Do list?

Regular exercise is one way to combat the growing problem of obesity, but running, going to the gym or group sport isn’t for everyone, particularly if you have mobility issues of any type. Water is 15 times more resistant than air, so many people use water resistance training when injured to maintain their cardiovascular fitness with less impact and stress on joints, bones, and muscles due to the buoyancy of water. The support provided by the water also makes it an ideal environment for post workout recovery and stretching, and provides relief for sufferers of arthritis, back pain, heart disease, obesity, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis.

Aquarobics isn’t just for the oldies as it has sometimes been perceived but can be a highly challenging and effective workout. Aquatic exercise is one of the most effective ways to train whilst putting less stress on the body and increasing your range of motion, regardless of your age, gender or fitness level! We offer a range of classes in both shallow and deep water for all ages, plus gentle classes for seniors or rehab, and options for pre and post natal women, with a group of fun and friendly instructors.

The beauty of Aquarobics is that you can work at your own pace, and that the exercise is low impact, so much kinder to knees, hips, backs and ankles. Just as importantly – it’s set to music, is great fun, mood boosting, non intimidating and very social – providing wonderful benefits for both body and mind! Grab a friend and come and join us to see what all the fuss is about. But I warn you – Aquarobics is addictive! Just ask the participants who have been coming along for 5, 10 and in some cases 20 years………!

Lap swimming is the ultimate all-in-one exercise, working most muscles in the body with every stroke, increasing flexibility and muscle endurance. Muscles are strengthened and toned as a result of water resistance, core strength is improved, and the nature of breathing whilst swimming promotes greater lung capacity.

We offer squad swimming, or Kids Swim 4 Fitness as an alternative for children and teenagers who like to swim purely for fitness, without the training schedule and competitive aspect that comes with squads. Joining a local swim club is a great way to swim to swim, race and socialise with other fans of swimming, and membership is open to both competitive and social swimmers.

Whichever option you choose, please observe basic swim safety and enjoy your water workouts this summer.