Some of the best exercise you can get is in the water. There are two ways that are most common, swimming and aqua aerobics. Both fall into the category of aerobic physical activity. Two and a half hours of aerobic activity a week is recommended for multiple health benefits including preventing and improving chronic illnesses. What better way than to enjoy that time in a pool? St. Mary’s HealthSteps offers both open lap swimming and Aquatic Fitness classes.
Swim at your own pace and enjoy this individualized form of exercise in the 25-meter, 8-lane pool.
Wednesdays, 6:05-7:00 AM; Mondays and Fridays, 6:05-7:30 AM (Beginning Oct. 30, Mondays and Fridays change to 6:30-7:30 AM); Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:05-7:00 AM, (Tuesdays and Thursdays available until Oct. 29)
Join us for a great workout that’s easy on your joints using the water as resistance! While swimming skills are not needed, a comfort level in both deep and shallow water is important.
Wednesdays, 6:05-6:55 AM; Mondays, Fridays, 6:30-7:15 AM
Open lap swim offers members an individualized form of exercise where they can choose their own pace. Whether you’re an Olympic swimmer or a doggy paddle expert, the pool is open to you for your aerobic exercise needs.
Aquatic fitness classes, on the other hand, are a social group activity. No swimming skills are required but feeling comfortable in deep water and shallow water while wearing a floatation belt is important.
Aquatic exercise provides many benefits including allowing for an increased range of motion, greater muscle resistance, and less impact on joints, which decreases participants’ chances of an impact injury. The following is what some of our aquatic exercise fans have to say about it.
“Going to my water aerobics class in the morning not only starts my day off right with exercise, but I also enjoy seeing my friends there!” -Janet Irish
I’m so glad I joined HealthSteps over 15 years ago. The water aerobics class is perfect for exercising without undue stress on my arthritic joints. – Sheila Sylvester
In addition to aquatic fitness and lap swimming, HealthSteps offers a wide range of other classes with the core membership fee.
For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web at www.stmarysmaine.com. Pre-registration for all programs is required. Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle in which you will feel better, have more energy, meet great people, and enjoy exercise even more!