As temperatures begin to warm up outside, there's nothing quite like taking a refreshing dip in our very own indoor pool. Our aquatics exercise classes are a great way to stay active! Jordanne Gerdes with Aegis Therapies leads these sessions and encourages you to give it a try.
"Doing exercise in the water is a good way to strengthen your muscles through the natural resistance water offers while putting less pressure on your joints: helping to relieve pain and increase flexibility. With the 50 minute class time, the constant activity can also help to increase endurance," said Jordanne. "My favorite part of leading the class is getting to know the residents and hearing the stories they share. I have had some truly educational, funny and very interesting conversations during classes. I really do look forward to my pool days!"
Currently, Aberdeen Village offers an aquatic exercise class 3 days a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. These include stretching and strengthening activities for the whole body.
"Doing activities in the water also gives better opportunities to work on balance through core strength and posture. There are days when someone will begin class saying that something is stiff or harder to move and by the end of class tell me they feel better. I always advise participants to listen to their body and work within what’s comfortable because water exercises should not be painful. And with the group I have, we have fun!"
If you have questions or just want to see what it's all about, Jordanne encourages you to at least give it a try.
"I would encourage anyone interested to come watch or try a class. The therapy department is also available for aquatic therapy sessions to address pain, range of motion and balance issues. If you haven't been to the pool lately or are new to Aberdeen and are interested, please come and chat with me and the other residents in the pool or stop by the therapy department."