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Elizabethton High offering water aerobics classes to the community

Contributed • Updated Mar 12, 2019 at 8:52 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Tired of not having the energy to function during the day? Need a way to relieve stress? Want to be more fit? Reduce your blood pressure? Increase your muscular strength and endurance? Have a healthier, stronger heart?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the water aerobics program at Elizabethton High School is for you. The program is designed to meet the needs of the beginning exerciser to the skilled athlete. You don’t have to get your hair wet or even know how to swim! You just need to want to be a better you — a healthier you. Taking that time for yourself pays big dividends, not only for you, but those around you.

Why choose water exercise? One of many reasons is — it’s fun. But it’s also an opportunity to work out without the stress and strain on joints. It reduces the impact and still maximizes the intensity. The water provides 4-20 times more resistance than air and allows a balanced workout for the muscle groups involved in the movement. Water also facilitates a greater range of motion to enhance flexibility. Another advantage: classes are $5 per session.

The class format will consist of a 30-minute water-walking segment that begins at 6 p.m., providing the opportunity to socialize and burn calories while unwinding from the day’s demands. From 6:30-7:30 is more structure with a thermal warm-up, cardio workout, strength segment, stretch, and cool down activities. Participants may work at their own level of ability and fitness ranging from “easy” to “moderate” to “vigorous” movements and methods of resistance. Balance and coordination will be improved through the “functional fitness” activities.

Eat a light snack before you come. Drink plenty of water. You may also want to bring some “water shoes” (inexpensive clean tennis shoes will do) to gain more traction on the pool bottom. A bathing suit might come in handy ... or shorts and a T-shirt will do

The Community Involvement Program was created by Elizabethton City Schools with the goal of providing affordable exercise opportunities for community members living in and around Elizabethton. Currently, water aerobics classes and Typhoons Swim Club are offered at ECS facilities for anyone interested, regardless of affiliation with Elizabethton City Schools. A lifeguard is on duty at all classes and practices. Both programs take place at the Elizabethton High School Pool at 907 Jason Witten Way.

Dressing room is available.

Doors open 15 minutes before class begins.

Lifeguard is on duty.

Dates and times may vary due to conflicts with facility use, so please confirm with the calendar.

For more information, go to http://www.ecschools.net/Content2/CIP.