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Last week I joined the Y.M.C.A. I joined it because I really really need to exercise, and I don’t think exercise is a lot of fun. In fact, mostly I think it is boring, and I don’t keep up with it. The only exercise I ever keep up with is water aerobics, and I don’t know why, except it isn’t as bad as all the other kinds of exercise. I might like dance-aerobics, if I could ever learn the moves, but I always get discouraged – or embarrassed – before I have been there long enough to figure out the sequences.

So this morning, I attended my very first aqua aerobics class. I was late. I think the devil didn’t want me to exercise; I slept badly last night and then overslept this morning. I walked into class late, and if you have ever taken an exercise class, you know that all the best spots are taken, and I had never been in the pool before. I got in, and discovered where I had entered the pool was over my head.

In the meanwhile, the class goes on, and it is kick-a$$.

I had been trying to talk AdventureMan into considering taking the class with me, but he pooh-poohed it and said aqua-aerobics was girly. No No No, AdventureMan, not this class! This class has participants from teen-age to creaky, men and women, all trying to keep up with the instructor, who sets a relentless pace. We have one hour to get through the entire repetoire, including cool down stretches, and then O-U-T so the next class can get started. There is a hot tub and a steam room, and a totally dry floor policy – like after you shower, you have to be dry before you enter the locker room so no one will slip and fall. There are several elderly women, and people are very protective of them.

I was lucky. There was a very nice young woman who would whisper explanations to me as we went along, and, of course, in the water the fact that you are totally out of your league is not so obvious. She clued me in to the dry floor policy as she helped one of the elderly women get her pool-shoes off, and told me to hang out in the hot tub so my muscles wouldn’t seize up. You wouldn’t think an water exercise could be so demanding, but I can feel some of those muscles already. 🙂

“Think you’ll be coming back?” she asked as I was leaving.

Oh, YES. 🙂 It was actually . . . fun!

March 29, 2010 - Posted by | Adventure, Aging, Community, Customer Service, Diet / Weight Loss, Exercise, ExPat Life, Florida, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Pensacola


  1. Why are guys so difficult? Any activity that you can do while you’re actually in the water is excellent exercise. Water provides natural resistance which is all weights do – provide resistance. And, for us not so young folks, our buoyancy in the water minimizes impact shock damage performing the same exercises could cause if done on dry land.

    Keep at him! And, continue to enjoy a great way to keep fit!

    Comment by bitjockey | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks for your encouragement, Bit Jockey. 🙂 I will keep at him, because I think he would really really enjoy it once he gets into it. If not – there are also all those bikes and machines he can work out on . . . but I am really hoping he will ‘get’ the class, and have some fun with it.

    You’re right about the bouyancy thing, for sure. I used to run, and now I don’t want those pains and aches in my knees from the impact. And the resistance! Whoda thunk pushing water could do such wonders with the upper arms?!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 30, 2010 | Reply

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