Join free exercise classes at M'boro pool from November 18

FREE exercise classes will be held at the Maryborough Aquatic Centre to help people get in shape for the new year thanks to the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

From Monday, November 18, classes will run for six weeks and will range in intensity from low impact hydrotherapy and mother and baby classes to aqua aerobics.

A council spokesman said participants would still have to pay the pool entry fee of $4.50 for adults or $3.40 for pensioners, concession card holders and children aged three years and above.

Council healthy communities co-ordinator Maureen Murphy said participants didn't need to book and could simply turn up on the day.

"The classes are open to anyone, male or female, from 18 to 80," she said.

"Aquatic exercises are a low impact activity and water offers a natural resistance which takes the pressure off your bones, joints and muscles.

"You don't even have to be a strong swimmer to take part in aqua aerobics as the classes are held in the shallow end of the pool."

Ms Murphy said she was hoping to introduce similar classes to the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre in the new year.

"The weather is warming up and these classes are a great chance for people to get some exercise and get in shape for summer," she said.

"I think the mother and baby classes will prove particularly popular with new mums who want to start exercising and can bring their kids along.

"Once the program is up and running in Maryborough, we will look at ways to introduce it into Hervey Bay and the plan is to make it a regular feature of our Live Life Healthy program."

For class times, click here.

For more information on how you can live life healthy, contact the Live Life Healthy team at livelifehealthy@frasercoast.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 794 929.