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July 22, 2019

We all know swimming is a great form of exercise but do we actually know how to turn it into a workout? Is there more to just laps of strokes when exercising in the water? Of course there is!

Try this workout below and see if it floats your boat:

WARM-UP:
  • Start by 2 laps of walking with high knees, as you get to the end of each lap do 10x squats
  • Shoulder rotations: 10 forward each arm, 10 back each arm
WORK-OUT:
  1. Swim easy, with any stroke for 200m
  2. Grab a kickboard with one hand and perform one-arm freestyle with the freehand for 100m (alternating arms every 25m)
  3. Move to your back, and do 2 laps of survival backstroke
  4. Grab a kick-board or hold torpedo on your back and kick for 100m
  5. Do 200m of backstroke aiming to do 50m under 40 seconds
COOL-DOWN:
  • Pick any easy swimming movement for 200m and end with stretching against the pool wall

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July 22, 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019 is Stress Down Day, so this is a friendly reminder to take some time to yourself, partake in fun and easy activities designed to reduce stress.

Research shows that 90% of Australians need to stress less – with 74% of people reporting being stressed from work. In regards to this, we have some tips for you to reduce some stress at our facilities!

  1. Swim a few laps
  2. Walking laps around the pool
  3. Practice floating
  4. Stretching
  5. Swim with your family or friends

Don’t forget about looking after the most important person in your life, you!


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June 6, 2019

With the winter season upon us, it becomes a little more difficult to get out of the house. However, swimming is a sport you can do all year round, and everyone can participate, especially when we have a heated indoor pool!

Here are some reasons why:

1. Swimming is one of the few sports you can do throughout your lifetime.

2. It does not require lots of special equipment and gear. All you really need is a swimsuit.

3. It creates a reason to get together— a good way to socialise with your family.

4. Did you know that swimming can boost your immune system? When cells in the body regularly get blood and oxygen, they function better

So what are you waiting for, grab your togs and let’s go!


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June 4, 2019

Since we moved over from term fees to direct debit our Learn to Swim students that are enrolled have complimentary access to use our aquatic facilities during our opening hours, throughout the whole week! For children that are under 5 that includes the parent swimming with them.

So if your child wants to come in on a day they don’t have a lesson so they can work on their skills or an extra play day in the water, they can come in for free!

What are you waiting for?

Our winter opening hours for Gladstone are:
Monday: 5.30am-7.30pm
Tuesday: 5.30am-7.30pm
Wednesday: 5.30am-7.30pm
Thursday: 5.30am-7.30pm
Friday: 5.30am-7.30pm
Saturday: 7am-1pm
Sunday: 7am-1pm


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June 4, 2019

We have a very special promotion running for the month of June – Get 5 additional visits when you purchase any of our 20 visit pass packs!

These passes are a great option for regular visitors as they are cheaper than paying for multiple single entries They can be purchased at reception so get down to the centre and take advantage of this amazing deal!

Offer expires 30th June 2019. This offer does not include PT sessions.

Find out more by giving us a call on (07) 4972 6822.


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May 16, 2019

Written by Shannon Lavery, Accredited Practising Dietitian

One-tray bake recipes are perfect for those short on time, especially in the evenings, and are looking for a quick and easy dinner solution to satisfy the whole family that won’t compromise their health. They provide maximum nutrition, with minimal prep time or dirty dishes. Plus, you can use almost any vegetable you have in the fridge.

Our One-Tray Mediterranean Vegetable Bake is super high in fibre which will help keep you feeling fuller for longer with each serve contains more than 6 serves of vegetables! Making it a very easy way to achieve the recommended goal of at least 5 serves of vegetables each day.

For more nutritious recipes check them out here and follow them on Facebook!

One-Tray Mediterranean Bake Recipe:

Serves 4

Prep time:

10 minutes

Cooking time:

Approximately 1 hour

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 x 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 x 400g can brown lentils, drained & rinsed
  • 1 large eggplant, sliced 1cm thick
  • 4 small potatoes, sliced 1cm thick
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced 1cm thick
  • 1 small red capsicum, sliced 1cm thick
  • 12 kalamata olives
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 50g reduced fat feta, crumbled
  • ½ cup mozzarella
  • Chilli flakes, to serve (optional)
  • Black pepper, to serve (optional)
METHOD:
  1. In a large baking tray, mix together 1 can diced tomatoes (400g), garlic and lentils. Spread evenly over the base of the tray.
  2. Layer with eggplant, potato, zucchini and capsicum. Top with the second can of diced tomatoes (400g), sprinkle with oregano and scatter with olives. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 175ᵒC for 40 minutes.
  3. Top with feta and mozzarella and bake a further 15-20 minutes.
  4. Serve with chilli flakes and cracked pepper if desired.

Enjoy and if you post it, be sure to tag our socials in your culinary creations so we can see!


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May 8, 2019

To celebrate the gift of all our hardworking and loving mum’s out there we are giving away a free coffee to all our swim school mums during the week leading up to Mother’s Day, Sunday 12th May.

We know it’s not easy juggling your own life as well as your kids and sometimes even your partners, friends or work! That’s why we’re here to try make your day a little easier, happy Mother’s Day!


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May 8, 2019

As the winter season is upon us Gladstone Aquatic will have a slight change in hours.

Between 1st May – 31st August our centre will close at 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

So we hope to see you jump in for an earlier swim on those days of the week!


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May 7, 2019

Sometimes people avoid swimming due to the colder weather approaching however there are many reasons why you should keep going!

If you have ever heard that swimming in winter makes you more prone to catching a cold, don’t believe it, it is only an old wives tale! Swimming during the winter time instead helps build a stronger immune system and makes you more resilient to stress and other illnesses.

If you still fear that it may affect your health here are some good habits to maintain:

  • Wearing a swimming cap during the lessons
  • Wearing warm clothing and footwear for after lessons
  • Wearing more coverage with bathers such as a rash vest
  • No other workout is low impact but achieves high results building muscles, burning calories and stimulating your brain. The great thing about swimming is that it’s for everyone! You can also swim in rain, hail or shine, unlike other sports which get called off in bad weather so it keeps your child active throughout the whole year.

Lastly, the best way for you to remember and keep developing skills is through repetition. If you take your children or yourself out for 3-4 months in winter, they may lose their technique and take longer to progress through the level or worse, forget important knowledge when they get back to swimming in public in the early days of spring and summer.

So even though winter is coming around remember to just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!


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May 7, 2019

Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise as it gives every muscle in your body a workout and you can choose to make it an endurance or sprint training. If you are new to swimming, eating properly and at the right times can help you develop your strength and cardio fitness. It is important to fuel your body the correct way for training for optimal performance.

Now, nobody is the same, everyone will have a different level of comfort regarding eating around swimming, so it is important to trial what works for you. In general, a good rule to follow is allowing 2-4 hours before your swim, after eating a larger meal but 30 minutes – two hours for a smaller snack.

BEFORE

1) Whole grain pasta contains a great substance of carbohydrates and should be enough to give you the boost of energy you need before swimming. Mix some of your favourite vegetables or meat with your pasta to get those extra vitamins and proteins!

2) Bananas are an awesome source of potassium! Plus, they taste so good as well as giving you the boost of energy you need before swimming. Grab a banana on the way to the pool and see the benefits during your swim session.

AFTER

3) Lean chicken is a good way to get protein without eating all of the saturated fats that are usually in meats. A good idea is to make a salad topped with lean chicken or simply eat the chicken with some brown rice to add whole grains to your meal! Yum!

4) Everybody loves some nice, creamy yoghurt with fruit and nuts. Yoghurt provides a lot of protein, but be sure to look out for those added sugars that make them so sweet. Try opting for some Greek yoghurt or other low-fat, unsweetened products that will give you that essential protein.

5) If you only have time for a simple snack after swimming, you might like the idea of grabbing some protein bars that you can eat on the go!

We hope you enjoyed some of our tips! See you in the pool!