Splash out and mark World Aquathon Day
TERRITORIANS are donning their budgie smugglers and swim suits to take part in the sixth annual Aquathon Day today at the Darwin Waterfront wave pool
Aqua instructor, Nikki Higgins says the day is designed to bring about awareness of the benefits of water-based exercise.
“There’s a bit of a myth that aqua exercise is just for the elderly, but it’s a fantastic, often demanding workout and very popular among all ages and walks of life,” she said.
“It’s very effective for cardio conditioning, muscle strengthening and reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases. There are also a lot of mental health benefits.”
Joining 257 venues across 80 countries, local instructors will lead a three-hour aqua session from 7am-10am, which will include games and prizes.
“We will be going for three hours, we have seven instructors involved doing half-hour stints. People can come and go as they please but we will challenge them to stay for the full three hours,” Ms Higgins said.
Entry to the event is free but a fundraiser will raise money for the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT). There are 25 businesses supporting the event and players from Territory Thunder will also be there to help out with events.
“Aqua is always fun! We’ll be throwing in a couple fun games like dragon boat racing as well, so it will definitely be a great day,” Ms Higgins said.
Territorians are gearing up for World Aquathon Day, with a host of activities on offer at the wave pool at the Darwin Waterfront today