Water aerobics helps mind, body

By Julia Griffin

Senior citizens wake up bright and early to take a dip in the pool at Lambright Sports and Wellness Center with a water aerobics class Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Louisiana Tech’s department of kinesiology offers opportunities for members of the Lincoln Parish communities to become involved in non-traditional classes to advance the health and wellness of the participants.

Water aerobics is a type of resistance training taught in a swimming pool in waist-deep or deeper water.

For over 40 years, the department of kinesiology has offered exercise programs for individuals ages 55 and above. Some of the classes offered include traditional classes of water aerobics and chair exercise.

Alyssa Twist is a senior kinesiology major at Louisiana Tech. Each kinesiology student must complete a practicum. Twist taught the water aerobics class winter quarter for her practicum.

“When instructing the class, we are on the deck in front of the pool performing the exercises while the participants follow along,” Twist said. “We go through various cardiorespiratory exercises and resistance exercises throughout the class.” 

Water aerobics is a popular choice among senior adults because the water removes the shock on joints. It allows for a cardiorespiratory workout that does not have the negative impacts of hard floors, Twist explained.

Water aerobics is home to many regulars, Twist said.  

To learn more about water aerobics, contact Lacey Deal at ldeal@latech.edu or call the Kinesiology Office at 318.257.4432 for information