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Aquafit is essentially water aerobics – conducting fitness activities while submerged waist-deep in water.
The first documented practice of water aerobics was by Jack LaLane on his daily television show that promoted healthy living in the 1950s. It then became popular in the 70s and 80s as a form of low-impact exercise for athletes recovering from injury, seniors, and people looking for a new way to workout.

Aquafit can be practiced in a shallow pool, or even in a lake near the shore.

How to play
Aquafit is usually practiced in a class led by an instructor. Classes can focus on endurance (aqua jogging) and/or resistance training, and is usually performed to music. Participants are lead through a series of dance moves and exercises. Occasionally weights or flotations belts are added to the workout. In order to find an aquafit class, check your local YMCA or community swimming pool.

Suggested equipment
- Bathing suit
- Floatation Belt
- Towel

Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.
For a visually impaired person to participate in aquafit, the following adaptations could be made. Explain to the participant the diameter of pool. Position the person near the pool wall. Participate in shallow water and if playing music, keep it low so verbal instructions can be heard.
Learning/Cognitive Disabilities
To modify aquafit, consider using only the shallow end of the pool. Keep exercises basic and use lots of demonstration and repetition. Consider having an aquafit buddy and keep music low to reduce distraction.
Mobility Limitation
To modify aquafit for individuals with mobility limitation, use the shallow end of the pool and consider using a floatation device if needed. Participate near the pool wall or have an aquafit buddy to provide balance. If a water activity is not appropriate, modify aquafit to seated aerobics on dry land.

Benefits of Aquafit

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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