Fitness gets in the swim

Olympic level sports people find Aqua beneficial in their preparation for the Olympics so imagine what Aqua can do for you.  Everyone can exercise in water and Aqua fitness classes are gaining popularity with the young and fit. 

Although some people think they are only for older people or pregnant mums, many people are starting to realise the benefits of Aqua for everybody.

The fitness industry reports Aqua is its fastest growing sector, and Western NSW residents now have some unique opportunities to train as a leader for this exciting exercise option. 

Free two day workshops to train new Aqua Leaders will be held in Dubbo on the weekend  September 15-16 and again on September 18 and 19. Aqua Leader training in Lightning Ridge will be held on the weekend September 22-23.

Training presenters are well known fitness trainer Colleen Wilson-Lord OAM and her husband Dr Brian Lord. 

They have been training fitness leaders for over 30 years and are passionate about rural areas getting similar opportunities to metropolitan cities. 

The workshops are organised by the Health Promotion Team covering Western NSW and Far West Local Health Districts.

These Aqua workshops are not the same as formal fitness leader training, but are of a very high standard. The training is open to anyone who is prepared to run free Aqua classes in their community in the next 12 months. 

“Providing weekend and mid week course options has been identified as important to provide greater access for people wanting to be trained,”Clinton Gibbs, Aqua leader, Health Promotion said. 

For people of all ages, Aqua reduces the risk of exercise injuries. 

With the buoyancy effect of water, and without the jarring action of land based exercise, avoidance of injury or recovery from injury can often be achieved a lot quicker in water. 

Many top level sports people have done this in their preparation for the Olympics and other championships or finals.

 If you want information about the workshop or get a Registration Form, contact Health Promotion Officer Clinton Gibbs on 6841 5590  Clinton.Gibbs@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au. or Far West NSW Medicare Local Program Clinician Leigh Black on 68291800 lblack@fwml.com.au  

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