YMCA Healthy Living Magazine, powered by n4 food and health (Spring 2014) - Page 16

Marietta Mehanni Marietta has been teaching group fitness classes (both land and water-based) at YMCA centres since 1990. She is an award-winning Australian presenter and Australian Fitness Network Ambassador with over 25 years of instructor experience. Marietta is also the World Master Trainer and Education Coordinator for Gymstick International, and a Pelvic Floor Ambassador for Continence Foundation Australia. To find out more visit www.mariettamehanni.com AQUA FOR ALL International fitness presenter and YMCA instructor Marietta Mehanni explains the benefits of aqua exercise. I t’s not surprising that water-based workouts are increasing in popularity among all ages and abilities, because the health and fitness benefits are exceptional. Here are some stats and facts about aqua exercise, to help you understand why you should give it a go! • Water recruits more muscle fibres and provides around 12 times the resistance of air, which means it is the perfect medium for strengthening your muscles. • Due to the lack of impact when working out in water, you’ll minimise the wear and X\