Thirteen Things I Love About Water Aerobics
1. I can exercise strenuously and work up a good sweat, but I don’t care. I just splash some water on my forehead and keep going. That’s why water aerobics is the perfect form of exercise for me. I hate to sweat. Ever. Anywhere. For any reason.
2. The wonderful women who also attend class regularly are friendly, chatty, and always make me laugh. They always have great stories to share. And if I miss class, they notice and ask me where I’ve been.
3. Being in the outdoor pool when the weather permits feels great. I’ve always loved to swim and hang out by the pool. That was the one thing I hated about selling my house and moving into my parents’ home — I had to give up the pool. Going to the pool at the club is the next best thing.
4. Water aerobics is a low impact sport because the buoyancy of the water cushions the impact. So it is safe for me, despite my history of retinal detachments.
5. Since I’ve been going to classes again, my asthma has really improved. I’m still using my inhaler before I get in the pool (as the doctor instructed me), but wondering if I really need it. I am going to try to wean myself off Albuterol.
6. For the most part, men don’t attend water aerobics classes so all of the really buff guys don’t come into the pool when we’re there. When I was younger, this would have been a much more important consideration than it is now, but it is still nice not to have to worry about who is watching you jump around in a bathing suit.
7. Water aerobics is a workout for your whole body — cardiovascular, legs, arms, stomach, rear . . . So you don’t have to feel like you are emphasizing one part of your body and then go engage in some other kind of exercise to compensate for a part of your body.
8. There are lots of different kinds of movement that are very effective, so it is not boring. Jumping jacks, cross-country, bunny hop, frog jump, rocking horse, etc. and several variations of each are just some of the different moves. I like doing intervals, especially without touching the bottom of the pool (more strenuous).
9. What I love most is getting my weights and just jogging like crazy. It feels great to get my heart pumping.
10. You can adjust the level of intensity, depending upon your condition and endurance. Unlike some sports, you can start out slow and gradually increase the difficulty.
11. There are plenty of ways to make it more and more challenging. My favorite instructor is talking about adding a treading class. Yes, as I understand it, the whole hour would be spent treading water and combining that with other movement.
12. I always use the webbed gloves (for more resistance) and heavy barbells, but I’m going to order some ankle weights to take the intensity to another level by power walking in the water.
13. The new bathing suit that I bought right after Christmas (a size smaller than my previous suit) is already too big. I am going to have to buy another one soon. And I also have to start digging in the back of the closet to see how many smaller-sized clothes I kept that are still in style. It’s too soon to shop for my trip to New York City and new “concert black” for our performance at Carnegie Hall, as you can see from the ticker that I moved to the top of the page today! But BigBob says my pants are making me look like Urkel! I don’t think that’s very nice, do you? Must have been the fact that I had on one pair that is so big, I tucked the waistband up under my bra strap to keep from having a really serious case of “baggy butt.”
BONUS ITEM: There will be no need for BigBob to buy me any chocolate this Valentine’s Day! I’m not about to go to water aerobics several times per week and then undo the benefits by pigging out on junk food or candy!
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