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Aquatic Centre provides new mom and baby fitness program

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A new program at the Swift Current Aquatic Centre gives parents with young babies an opportunity to have a good workout while introducing their infants to the water.


Mom and baby fitness is a new activity at the Aquatic Centre that started in January. It takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00-3:45 p.m. in conjunction with the shallow water fitness exercise class.
Aquatic Superintendent Corla Rokochy said it is great way for parents to participate in a water exercise class while their babies are with them.
“Sometimes it's hard when you're a new mom to get out and find time to exercise, especially when it's icy outside and you can't take your stroller out on the street,” she mentioned. “So it's just a nice way to meet with other parents with kids that age. The kids enjoy it, it's fun, and then the parents enjoy the exercise aspect of it and being able to do exercise without finding a baby sitter.”
Mom and baby fitness was introduced as a new activity to attract more participants to the shallow water fitness classes in the afternoons.
“We currently have fitness classes for adults, but our attendance numbers were lower in the afternoons,” she explained. “So we tried to think of a way to encourage people to come in the afternoon and thought that with the new baby boats that we had purchased it would be a good time to introduce a parent and child aspect to the fitness classes in the afternoons to give that a try.”
Mom and baby fitness is a drop-in program and the fee is $10 per class. Nine baby floats are available for use during the fitness class.
“It's a foam boat that has a seat in it for kids to float in the water and there's a rope attached so you can pull them,” she said. “They have to be able to sit up with a little bit of support. So probably four to five months old to two years would be the age range that the boats are made for. That way the mom and the baby can be in the water together and the baby's safe and the mom's more mobile than just holding on to them.”
Parents need to bring along an appropriate swim diaper and only one baby is allowed to be with a parent during the class. Babies should be between four and 24 months old. This activity will be a good way to introduce a baby to water in a safe way at an early age.
“They get used to the water in a safe environment and the pool becomes a fun place to go where there's music and movement and the safety of the boat and the parents,” she said. “So it will be a natural progression into a parent and tot swimming lesson and then swimming lessons on their own.”
The fitness class is 45 minutes long, but parents can leave earlier if a baby becomes tired or fussy. A good option then would be to get into the shallow teach pool with a water temperature of 32 degrees Celsius to warm up.
The water temperature in the large pool, where the fitness classes take place, is 29 degrees Celsius. During the 45 minute period the adults will do a variety of cardiovascular exercises.
“There's a warm-up period and then they do strengthening and cardio workout that the instructor leads them through and then the cool down period at the end,” she said.
Rokochy noted that the Aquatic Centre offers a variety of fitness classes at different times during the week to cater to people's needs and schedules.
“So you can take a break from your work day and come over here and work out,” she said.
The shallow water fitness class is an enjoyable way to exercise while reducing stress on joints, bones and muscles. At the same time the water resistance helps to achieve body toning and to increase circulation.
The shallow water fitness classes take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00-9:45 a.m. or from 3:00-3:45 p.m. There is also an evening class on Monday nights from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
The deep water fitness class eliminates any impact on joints, and it offers a very good cardiovascular workout.
“You'd have to be obviously more comfortable with being in the deep water, and they do have fitness belts that you can wear that help you float,” she said.
Deep water fitness classes take place Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-9:45 a.m. as well as Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Another alternative is the gentle flow fitness class that takes place at a slower pace than the other fitness classes, but still helps to improve joint flexibility while relieving pain and stiffness. This class takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10:00-10:45 a.m.
For more information about the mom and baby fitness activity or any of the other fitness classes and pricing, contact the Aquatic Centre at 306-778-2735.
Details are also available on the City of Swift Current website at www.swiftcurrent.ca

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