Though I don’t particularly like “working out” in the traditional sense, I very much enjoy being active. I’ll probably never go to the gym and “wail on my gluts” but I’ll very happily walk two miles to buy a gallon of milk or try to beat you at Dance Central.So I obviously needed to try a water aerobics class at my local YMCA. Let’s watch and learn from my mistakes, shall we?
Noteworthy discoveries from my time spent in the pool?
Discovery 1:Yes, the stereotypes are true. Everyone in class is over 60.
Though they were (fairly) sweet, the ladies in my class seemed rather mystified as to why I was there. Even the instructor said “Sooooo, do you have an injury? Orrrrr?” I chirped that I just wanted to try a new workout and the teacher nodded suspiciously.
Discovery 2: You don’t actually need that cute vintage swim cap
Discovery 3: Frank Sinatra’s songs don’t sound half bad as dance remixes
Those songs are about as awesome as you’d expect them to be when backed with techno beats.
Discovery 4: Perhaps your bikini wasn’t the best choice, Sarah
Water aerobics involves a surprising amount of jumping, yo.
Discovery 5: Sitting on a kickboard and paddling across the pool using only your arms is shockingly exhausting
Or at least it is if you’ve got the upper body strength of a ill kitten.
Discovery 6: Bodies are for doing stuff
Exercising in the company of women whose bodies have lived through and accomplished so much more than mine made me really, really appreciate all the things I can do without a struggle. Someday, we’ll all have arthritis and bad backs. Maybe I should just appreciate what my legs can do for me, instead of obsessing over my Upper Thigh Situation.
Really, I had a grand ol’ time paddling around the pool to Frankie S. It was certainly not the world’s most exhaustive work out, but it’s something to add to my strenuous mix of Dance Central challenging and neighborhood walks.
Have you ever taken a water aerobics class? Do you do any non-workout-y stuff to stay active?