ABC Your Move: How water aerobics can help your health and fitness

With the launch of ABC’s Your Move campaign, to help Australians explore their own health and fitness journey, reporter Marnie Vinall is setting out to experience some of the growing exercise trends across the country.

Every time I go swimming in my local pool and have aqua aerobics classes at the same time, I feel a bit of envy as they go up and down the ABBA trails, while doing freestyle courses back and forth.

It seems to be the most fun option.

So, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try, especially since I’m now at the age where my knee starts to hurt when I run a lot.

I reached out to Jennifer Schembri-Portelli, a registered aquatic trainer and personal trainer, who has been teaching water aerobics classes for over 20 years.

She told me to come take a class at the Sandhurst Club, where she was studying that night and I enthusiastically accepted.

Before I went down, she gave me an idea of ​​what the activity was all about.

She told me that the buoyancy of water supports the body and reduces stress on joints during movement, increasing range of motion.

“For people who want to exercise on land, they are limited by gravity, their knees and joints, but when they are in the water, their ability is enhanced… We find that people who can exercise in a way that is limited on land, but it can increase their cardiovascular fitness even more. In the water,” she said.

Schembri-Portelli also noted that aquatic fitness is good for all ages, as resistance can be increased with speed in the water to make exercise more challenging.

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