“Water aerobics saved my life. When I first started water aerobics I had been recently medically retired from my job as a registered nurse because of heart failure, and a biventricular pacemaker implant. My cardiologist told me I needed to exercise to strengthen my heart. I have severe arthritis in my left knee, and arthritis in other areas of my body as well from 40 years of nursing. So, my exercise options were limited. My local gym had an indoor pool and offered water aerobics classes. I decided to give it a try.
My first class left me exhausted. I had to go home and take nap. But I kept it up. Three times a week I would drag my tired body to the gym. Gradually it became easier, and I no longer needed to take a nap after class. By the time my 3-monthcheckup came around, I was considerably stronger. My cardiologist was impressed. Per my echocardiogram, my ejection fraction had increased from 19% to 50%. Gradually I added other water aerobics classes to my exercise routine. Within a year I was doing water aerobics 6 days a week. Then I started doing back to back classes whenever I could, usually 3 days/week. My yearly checkup per echocardiogram showed my ejection fraction at normal. I felt so much better. I can even do light hiking and walk long distances.
I have been faithfully doing water aerobics for 5 years now. I owe all that to water aerobics. Great cardiac conditioning without the stress and impact on my joints. We recently moved out of state to retire. My number 1 requirement in selecting a town to retire in was that they had to have a gym with an indoor pool that offered water aerobics classes, so I could continue my exercise regimen.”
Cindi R. enjoys Water Aerobics 6 days a week, at retirement community in Sequim, WA.
April 9, 2019
“I had a torn meniscus on my left knee, and I joined the wellness center so I can strengthen the muscles around my knee and not cause further injury. I love warm water pool and the community we are building with the water exercises classes. Instructors are awesome also. I take two classes back to back three times a week now because I am stronger. I know water exercises are easier on the joints, so I desire to get to a point where I am swimming someday. As I get older, getting fit is harder especially after injury or lack of exercise. However, we have a choice every day to improve, so I continue to choose a ‘kinder’ exercise on my body and enjoy the music and water movements along the way with others.”
Amy V. enjoys Aqua cardio, Aqua Strength, Aqua Dynamics and Aqua Zumba at the Montage Wellness Center in Salinas, CA.
April 9, 2019
“I was introduced to water aerobics by a friend about 25 years ago and then I became an instructor. I’m a water aerobics instructor in a warm therapy pool at a wonderful facility in Peoria Illinois. I’ve been doing this for about 19 years. My class consists of all types of people. I have anywhere from 10 to 20 students a class 5 days a week. I’m not sure that I could move as well as I do without my water aerobics. I've had a hip replaced and some arthritis in my lower spine, water really reduces my pain level."
Linda K. enjoys teaching Water Exercise at the Riverplex Fitness Center in Peoria, IL
April 3, 2019
“I belong to the local YMCA and exercise five mornings a week. I do water aerobics for two hours each morning. Weather permitting! My bone density has improved dramatically, the more I jump etc. It has built my osteoporosis numbers by 8 points!!! Wow, my Dr. is really impressed. I am 84 years old, feeling like 74 and all my numbers are even better! I believe water classes has kept me in good health and [my] Swim and Sweat [black twist Krinkle suit] is fabulous - it keeps it shape after every washing in chlorine water outside in the sun!!!”
Sandy Z. enjoys Water Aerobics at the YMCA in Lakewood Ranch, FL
This month we celebrate Judy Joy Birtcil of Chico, California. For the past 34 years, Judy has been developing her craft as a beloved water exercise instructor [...] Students work hard in [Judy’s] classes and have fun. I believe that Judy Joy Birtcil exemplifies why water aerobics is important and how it should be taught!”, said Yvonne Freeman, one of Judy’s adoring participants [...] Thank you Judy, for all that you do to serve our Aquatic Fitness community!
This month we celebrate Ming Schrader of Denton Texas. Ming is being recognized by her students for all her fabulous work [...] As her student Linda P. says, “When you find an aquatic fitness instructor who teaches classes you want to plan your life around, the whole game changes” [...] hank you to Ming Schrader for always going above and beyond, serving the aquatic fitness community!”
Swimandsweat is kicking off 2020 with Lynn Yonally as our instructor of the month! Lynn’s participants want to shine a light on their amazing instructor [...] Lynn is an instructor at Steel Fitness Premier teaching water jog and core, which includes a combination of running, walking, and core exercises [...] Nothing could keep Lynn from the water, she was swimming 20 laps the day both of her daughters were born.”