Until she had a heart attack, my mom went to aquabics class at the Jacaranda Hotel swimming pool three times a week. This class is part of the Community Education program at South Florida Community College.
SFCC bought the historic Jacaranda Hotel many years ago and refurbished it. In addition to the aquabics and aquacize classes held here, the college's food service classes are given here and student lodging is here. Since the college didn't have a pool at that time, the pool at the Jac was the perfect place for water fitness classes to be held.
My mom felt like she got a great workout in this class. It decreased the pain caused from her arthritis, kept her muscles stretched out so she could move around easier and kept her limber.
It was also a wonderful social gathering for my mom and the other ladies in the class. They got together once a month or so for lunch at various restaurants and Mom hosted an annual Christmas party at her house. Lasting friendships were formed and, although my mom is no longer enrolled in the class, she still attends the luncheons and gets together with several of her classmates.
I attended the aquabics class several times but the pressure of the water against my chest made it too difficult to breathe. Debbie, the fabulous instructor, was very understanding and encouraging. She allowed me to do the exercises I could participate in and let me float and kick when I couldn't do what the other ladies were.
This is a class I highly recommend to anyone and everyone.