Do you enjoy trying out different exercise ideas, to mix things up in your fitness regime? It's a good way to keep things interesting, so you feel excited
about exercise - not bored by it. This is the challenge faced by many people, including myself, especially in the winter months in Canberra. Fortunately, there are many different ways to spice up your exercise regime with a variety of indoor
, bike rides
, water sports
and adventure sports
. Although these sound quite intense and physical, there are other exercise options which are a little easier on the joints, so they are ideal for people who need a low impact exercise or who are just starting on their fitness journey. Aqua Aerobics fits the bill as it can be enjoyed by everyone - both men and women of any age. Everyone is there for their own reasons and who knows, you may find some like-minded people to have a laugh with each week.
Cardio, toning and a few laughs at King Swim at Majura Park, Deakin and Macgregor. Image: King Swim website
Best For: Warm Water & Pool Deck
has three locations in Canberra - Majura Park, Deakin and Macgregor. Each of them offer the best all-round experience, in my opinion. As the swimming pools are designed for children's swimming classes, they have the added benefit of having warmer water and pool deck temperature, so you can comfortably do Aqua Aerobics all year around. I personally visited to my closest King Swim
for a free introductory lesson and was surprised by how much of a workout I got from exercising in water. I may not have left as exhausted as other exercise venues, however I definitely felt like I had worked my muscles, joints and cardio - without worrying about being sore afterwards. Contact your preferred location for a timetable and they are sure to offer you a free introductory class. For example Majura Park have 8 classes a week to choose from, including Saturdays, for $14.90 for a casual rate, 10 visits for $117, or 20 visits for $202. See here
Best For: Variety
at the Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre (CISAC) has the most options for Aqua Aerobics in Canberra, with 5 different classes - Aqua Cardio, Aqua Pulse, Aqua Size, Aqua Zumba and H20 Lite. Most of the classes focus on a cardio workout and toning, which will burn the calories in a low impact way. Casual visits costs $10.50, or why not buy a 10 pass for $94.50 and keep going back every week? See here
Be part of the fun at Gungahlin Leisure Centre. Image: Gungahlin Leisure Centre Facebook
Pools Run By The YMCA
Gungahlin Leisure Centre offers a good range of Aqua Aerobics options, with classes every day during the week including classes at 6pm and 7pm, for people who may want to do a class after work. Classes are held in two locations - the Program Pool and 50 metre pool. The price is $11.75 per visit, $105.75 for a 10 visit pass or buy a yearly membership. See here for details and here for prices.
Canberra Olympic Pool offers one Aqua Aerobics class per week, between 2pm - 3pm each Thursday. The price for a 10 visit pass is $109.35, or buy a yearly membership. See here for details and here for prices.
Lakeside Leisure Centre in Tuggeranong has an extensive timetable, with options on the weekend for people who are too busy to go through the week. You can also choose between the shallow and deep pool, depending on how confident you are in the water. During the lessons you will use pool noodles and other flotation devices to help with some routines. The price for a 10 visit pass is $105.75, or buy a yearly membership. See here for details and here for prices.
Lakeside Leisure Centre, Tuggeranong. Image: Lakeside Leisure Centre Facebook
Don't Forget - Over The Border in NSW
Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre offers Aqua Aerobics classes between Monday to Friday, including a Mums and Bubs class on Mondays. If you are an early riser, they have classes at 6:30am two mornings a week. The cost is $15.50 for a casual visit or a 10 pass for $155. After your Aqua Aerobics lesson, why not stay and have a social swim, or do some laps for further exercise. See here for details.
If you are looking for a new exercise idea to keep you on track, or perhaps you are just starting to exercise for your health, then why not give Aqua Aerobics a try, at a location near you? Everyone is friendly, welcoming and happy that they have a new person in their class to get to know. It doesn't matter if you're the oldest or the youngest, the biggest or the smallest - you will be made to feel welcome in every venue around Canberra..
Why not take the plunge and join a class this weekend?
Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre heated indoor pool, open all year around
* Prices correct at the time of writing - February 2018.