Patient Education

Aquafit

What is Aquafit?

Also known as aqua aerobics, Aquafit is an aerobics session in the pool that can maintain and improve stamina, strength and suppleness as well as increase cardiovascular fitness. Unlike aerobics on land, Aquafit is low-impact and the cushioning effect of the water protects joints in the spine, ankle, hip and knees. It is suitable for people of all ages as participants can work at a variety of levels by increasing effort and using resistive equipment.  Offered in a warm pool temperature ranging from 84 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit, these temperatures will help the body relax and reach potential ranges of motion.

What to Expect?

Aquafit is an excellent water workout to aid with the development of cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, while providing multiple benefits toward achieving greater overall health. Aquafit enables persons to work at their own pace and ability level as part of the group.  Choose classes that will best help you to achieve your personal fitness goals. 

Gentle Shallow Water Aquafit
A gentle, slower paced workout that focuses on improving range of motion, flexibility and strength through a variety of exercises designed to assist with reaching this goal.

Warm Water Aquafit (Gentle Warm Water)
A workout conducted in a pool with a minimum 88°F water temperature.  Focus is on improving range of motion through muscle conditioning, flexibility and strength building exercises.

Arthritis Aquafit (Warm Water/Warm Deep Water)
This workout is designed for people with arthritis and focuses on improving range of motion through muscle conditioning, flexibility and strength building exercises

Deep Water Aquafit
A deep water workout that includes cardio, muscle conditioning, flexibility and strength building that uses belts or noodles to assist with performance during the class.  Participants MUST be comfortable in deep water and be able to complete the facility swim test.

Water Yoga (Gentle Water Yoga)
A class taught in shallow water that will allow you to experience the benefits of yoga and mind-body relaxation.

Benefits of Aquafit

Benefits of Aquatic Exercise and Therapy include the following:

  • Aquatic exercise reduces chronic pain and increases flexibility.
  • Water supports and massages the body as you exercise. 
  • Reduced blood pressure, stress and risk of re-injury.
  • Decreased stress to joints though decreased weight bearing and joint compression.