The Aqua Aerobics classes at the Green Apple at Bald Hills can be done in conjunction with strength training or as a stand-alone activity.
Exercises done in water can be both joyful and effective. Studies have shown that physical activity has many health benefits and that older adults should aim to be as physical as possible. One of the exercise choices older adults feel most comfortable with is water work.
At the Green Apple, there are different categories of water exercise to cover all levels of fitness and exercise “needs”.
Splashing Good Time
There is a class for people who already have chronic diseases or biomechanical challenges, for example back or knee problems. This Splashing Good Time class is delivered by Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Zach, who is not only qualified to deliver “exercise as medicine” but also has his qualifications as a Learn to Swim instructor so he really understands the special properties of water.
The Splashing good Time aqua aerobics class is also excellent for beginners who want to try water exercise and to understand the special properties of water resistance. Some participants stay on in this class because they believe that the level of activity suits them best.
Conventional Aqua classes are available throughout the week and on Saturday. You will find them scheduled at various times.
Another exercise option in the water is to have a tailored exercise program made up to meet specific objectives. There are four full-time Exercise Physiologists at the Green Apple and they can provide Personal Training sessions in the water or the gym. Since Exercise Physiologists (AEP) are Allied Health Providers, you can use funding available through your Private Health Fund or a doctor’s Care Plan referral. Payment for the AEP services can be made through the onsite HiCaps machine.
Being inactive can be a health hazard so finding a fun and effective exercise option is critical. For the most part, when older people lose the ability to do things on their own, it is not just because they are getting older. It is usually because they are losing muscle and their activity levels have dropped. This doesn’t need to happen – with the right exercise the whole ageing process can be slowed down.