Meet the unicorn of weatherproof workouts

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If the weather outside is rainy or cold, it can be easy to lose your motivation to get up and do a workout. But what if we told you there is a way you can exercise comfortably no matter what the weather is doing? AND it’s also lots of fun? This unicorn exists, and it is in the form of aqua aerobic classes at the heated pool in our Baillie Henderson Aquatic Centre.

There are many benefits of exercising in water:

  • It offers a low impact workout for people of all levels of fitness
  • It is a great way to improve your body strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • Water provides natural resistance to activate your muscles while putting less stress on your joints
  • Water puts a gentle pressure on your body, helping to move your blood around and putting less strain on your heart
  • Less gravity = greater range of movement.

And just because exercising in water is low impact doesn’t mean it is low intensity – you can expect to get a full body workout that will improve your overall fitness.

Aqua aerobic class details

Class times:

  • Monday – 8:30am & 9am – medium intensity
  • Tuesday – 5pm and 5:30pm – medium to high intensity.

Cost:

  • Members – $20 for 10 sessions
  • Non-members - $50 for 10 sessions.

Location:

Enquiries:

  • Phone 4699 7149.

Not really into group exercise?

That’s ok! The unicorn that is aqua aerobic classes has a slightly less social (but equally awesome) sibling … lap swimming.

Swimming is also one of the best forms of exercise you can do. It is a gentle, low impact sport for all ages and fitness levels, and a fantastic way to tone muscle and improve your lung capacity.

Some of the great health benefits you can get from swimming include:

  • Building endurance and muscle strength
  • Improving cardiovascular fitness
  • Helping you to maintain a healthy weight
  • Toning muscles
  • Alleviating stress (lap swimming is quite relaxing and peaceful!)
  • Improving flexibility
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Increasing your energy levels
  • Lowering the risk of chronic diseases.

Swimming can also be a great low-impact therapy for some injuries and health conditions.

Lap swimming - the details

The Baillie Henderson Aquatic Centre is open for lap swimming:

  • Monday to Thursday – 5:30am to 7pm
  • Friday – 5:30am to 5pm.

Cost:

  • Members - $30 per month, $150 per six months, or $220 per year
  • Pensioners - $20 per month, $100 per six months, or $170 per year.

Location:

Enquiries:

  • Phone 4699 7148.

Feeling peckish after your workout?

Head on down to the Baillie Henderson Hospital café for fresh, healthy meals and snacks!

Important Information

The Health and Wellness pool is heated to 32 degrees – higher than a normal swimming pool. It is designed to be used as a rehabilitation pool to aid patients and community members with arthritis, back problems, pre and post-surgery joint replacements, mobility after injury and fractures. It is recommended that you stay hydrated by taking breaks to drink water when exercising in this pool.

This pool is not designed for intense swimming training. However, if you are new to your swimming adventure, suffer with arthritis or fresh out of rehab from a joint replacement, we will see you at the Health and Wellness Centre!

Other useful info

  • Our heated pool is fitted with a ramp for easy access
  • Lifeguards are on hand to ensure safety.

Enquiries

If you have any questions or concerns, phone the Centre on 4699 7148.