Are you thinking about adding some form of exercise to your families routine this summer? One thing my family enjoyed was water aerobics or aquatics – a cardiovascular full body workout and a great form of exercise at any age.
If your a member of the local YMCA and YWCA you may have the advantages of a private or public pool for a weekly or bi-weekly aquatics class (also known as aquatic exercise, water aerobics, and water gymnastics). YMCA / YWCA programs tend to vary depending on location, but you can be sure even if pool activities are not offered at your local “Y” there are other activities that your family will enjoy just as much.
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced swimmer the “Y” offers swimming lessons in general. They are for children or adults, and can be complex or simple. There are plenty of swimming lessons for babies aged 6 months and children over 6 years. The swimmer’s age is generally not important, they generally float classified by skill level rather than age (6 years may be more qualified than many 12-year-olds, for example).
If you just want to swim on your own time most local “Y” memberships include a pool pass. It simply means that you can come and go as you please, when the pool is open. Going to the pool is also a simple way to ensure your family’s involvement in a fun but active lifestyle. And Mom remember no matter if it’s just an ordinary swim day or a pool aquatics day every time you tread water, you burn calories!
Water aerobics for adults at the “Y” (sometimes referred to swimnastics) is a fitness program that promotes fitness for adults of any age. In short, this is a class of low impact aerobics held in water, with toning and cardiovascular health as the target. If your up to it the “Y” can also be your Hydrofit, an intense vigorous workout for the whole body. The level of Swimnastics Hydrofit water aerobics classes you take are up to you but usually both are completed in the deep end of the pool and include a total body workout.
Some YMCA and YWCA locations are active in a network of swimming competitions. If your kids (or anyone around the age of 5 to 21) successfully completes swimming lessons, he or she can try-out for the swim team at the “Y”. The swimming team travels around a competition network with other swimmers to compete against other teams while having fun and improving their swimming skills.
Regardless of what kind of swimming activities your family enjoys remember by keeping it simple but fun you and your kids will continue enjoying an active lifestyle for many years to come.