Hi all – just back from Aqua Movers. If you haven’t considered this form of exercise I can highly recommend it. You follow the moves of the instructor, accompanied by music, but work at your own level so anyone with a physical disability is able to participate. What great buoyancy the water gives you! Classes are in the mornings usually from 8.15-9.00 or 9.15-10.00 and are followed by a morning tea where you can get together with other participants for a chat. If you are trying to lose a few pounds fruit is provided instead of cake and biscuits. Most Fitness Centres in Australia run the program Live Longer Live Stronger and Aqua Movers is an associated program. The Live Longer Live Stronger program enables older people to attend the gym under the guidance of a trainer who makes an assessment of your level of fitness and details a circuit within your capabilities. These sessions are at various times of the day. Before starting a clearance from your GP is required.

For my part I have felt so much fitter since attending both the Aqua Movers and the gym. It firms your body and gives your skin a certain glow. Like all things, you have to put the effort in, but if you can only attend once a week, you will still be rewarded.

If you are interested contact your local Fitness Centre or search Living Longer Living Stronger in your browser to see what’s available in your town. Many programs are run in conjunction with the YMCA.

I am sure other countries around the world have similar programs so just search your browser.

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About Janice Graham

I was born in England in 1938 and migrated to Australia in 1976. During my working years, along with my husband Ken, I managed a goat dairy and distribution business supplying health food products. At the same time I took up the challenge of helping build a mud brick home and lived a somewhat 'alternative' lifestyle. Since retirement I have published three e-books, two on vegetarian cookery and a collection of short stories from my younger years. My pastimes are studying the Spanish language, volunteering as a Crisis Counsellor and Community Visiting. I have been married for 54 years, have a son and a daughter and five grandchildren plus a little terrier called Sophia.

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