West Sussex, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 15, 2012 -- On Friday 24th February Aquakiddies/Babieswill be launching their new PABA (Parent And Baby Aqua) water aerobics courses at the Kensington Hilton swimming pool. This will be followed on 29th February with a second PABA course starting in Brighton.
The PABA aqua aerobics program is comprised of a series of moderately paced, low impact and fat-burning aqua aerobic exercises for the parents that integrate with elements of the tried and tested Aquakiddies/Babiesswimming program. Each course runs for 5 weeks and will consist of 30-minute classes.
The Aquakiddies/BabiesPABA aqua aerobics course has been piloted over six months with several groups of mothers nationally, with all groups showing very positive results. Babies have become water confident and are learning the foundations of swimming, while Parents are taken through a carefully structured water aerobics exercise program.
For details of schedules and applications for the PABA aqua aerobics courses visit their baby-swimming blog or see their contact information below.
Why PABA was created.
Program creator Julie -ann James says "The concept of parents working out with their babies was born out of spending thousands of hours swimming with parents, listening to their concerns, observing them move in the water and recognizing that they were already exercising.
Mothers expressed a universal desire to regain their figures and keep fit, but many could not or did not want to leave their babies. As a result this aqua aerobics program was created, enabling mothers to engage in a mutually beneficial exercise program with their babies".
Benefits of Aqua Aerobics for Parents
Physical - Aqua Aerobics is an excellent method of exercise that improves the fitness of the heart and lungs, tones the body and reduces fat. It is an ideal form of postpartum exercise as it is kinder to joints and the water supports some of the extra pregnancy weight.
Social - Working out with other likeminded people is a good motivational factor. Bodyweight issues are important to postnatal women and exercising in a homogenous group helps to reduce self-consciousness. This program also offers a social outlet for parents to meet other parents with young children, commonly cited as a valuable experience for new parents.
Enjoyable maternal and child health activity for parent and baby
Excellent parent/baby bonding opportunities
Moderately paced, low impact, fat burning aqua aerobic exercises
Paced water aerobics classes to suit different levels of ability
Ideal for post partum mothers
Homogenous group is motivational
Social outlet for parents
Benefits of Baby Exercise and Water Aerobics for Babies
Water is a great equalizer for babies and they can achieve some level of independence before they can crawl. The water provides support and they love the fun and freedom of the whole experience. More importantly, the classes will:
Provide water safety training
Build water confidence
Teach basic breathing exercises (for baby health)
Provide some of the basic foundations of swimming and exercise for kids
Encourage physical, social and psychological development
Enhance their awareness
Improve a baby's eating and sleeping patterns
Promote co-ordination and child health.
The multi-sensory environment of the swimming pool opens up whole new experiences for babies. The baby exercise classes are a good opportunity for mother/baby bonding as they involve plenty of physical and eye contact. Babies will also enjoy the interaction with other babies offered in a group situation of baby exercise classes. All this provides the foundation for baby health and an active childhood, which is wholly beneficial for all children's health.
Julie-ann James, CEO of Aquakiddies/Babiesis a professional baby swimming consultant and instructor,a member of the STA (Swimming Teachers Association) and ASA with over 20 years experience of teaching babies to swim. The Aquakiddies/Babiesbaby-swimming courses have become the standard by which most other baby-swimming courses and lessons are now evaluated. These courses are now taught extensively in UK and many countries globally.