13 August 2020

New program at The Parks promotes active ageing

YMCA South Australia in collaboration with the Council of the Ageing (COTA) will launch a new aqua exercise program aimed at people over 50 at The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre on Tuesday, 1 September.

The new Strength for Life Aqua program is an adaption of the successful land-based program that has run across many of the state’s YMCA-managed centres since 2013. It will enable older community members to access an affordable, quality strength training program in a weight-supporting pool environment, fully supervised by instructors or exercise physiologists.

Strength for Life Aqua at The Parks will start with two weekly sessions from 9.30 - 10.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the potential for growth to accommodate an increase in participation numbers and demand.

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Laura Johns will facilitate the Strength for Life Aqua program at The Parks. Ms Johns said the extension of the program to an aquatic environment was a progressive initiative that would encourage participation by those who needed the extra stability provided by water.

Enrolment in the Strength for Life program is inclusive of a thorough assessment of physical and medical suitability for the activities involved prior to starting and, if required, referral from medical professionals as necessary.

Access to financial assistance and a Medicare rebate is available for eligible participants.

For more information on the benefits of the Strength for Life Aqua program visit https://www.cotasa.org.au/programs/life/strength-for-life-aqua.aspx.