Water helps the workout

CABRAVALE Leisure Centre will be one of 13 pilot sites across the state to run a new aqua-fitness program for seniors.

The Aquatic and Recreation Institute's (ARI) Active Ageing pilot program was recently announced by Sport and Recreation Minister Gabrielle Upton, Minister for Ageing John Ajaka and Healthy Lifestyles Minister Kevin Humphries.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone welcomed the announcement and said the subsidised aqua fitness and exercise classes were specifically designed for people aged over 50.

"The classes, led by qualified fitness professionals, will focus on developing strength and balance to prevent falls and improve heart health," he said.

"Water-based activities will improve participants' cardiovascular fitness while land-based classes aim to improve their load-bearing capabilities."

He said by subsidising the cost of classes, Active Ageing would make fitness programs more accessible, affordable and appealing for participants.

"It's a great way for older people to improve their health, which in turn helps to maintain an independent lifestyle," Cr Carbone said.

"The classes will be great for mental health as well as physical wellbeing."

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