Water aerobics are great! I'm joining a class this fall. It can really build strength if you "drag" your arms and legs to get resistance. The opposite of what you are aiming for when swimming.
8/22/13 4:45 P
I did water aerobics at the YWCA for years and really, truly enjoyed it. For me, the key issues are timing of classes and how good the instructor is. If the instructor doesn't put together a challenging, yet fun class, it's hard to get a lot out of it.
I did enjoy being in the water - there's something liberating about putting on my swimsuit in the middle of winter (sort of a 'so there' to winter) and it was very easy on my joints and bunions. There was a lot of camaraderie across ages, genders and fitness levels, too, that I enjoyed. I only quit when my work schedule changed.
I'd suggest calling a few places - the Y, your Parks & Rec. District, etc., to see what water-based classes they offer and whether you could sit in on a few. Give it a try and see what you think.
Good luck, and have fun!!
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120 8/22/13 3:27 P
I am struggling to increase my exercise program, which right now consists only of walking. I belong to a gym (that doesn't have a pool), but I never go because I hate to exercise. Being in a roomful of fit people 30 years my junior doesn't motivate me.
I'm thinking of joining a water-aerobics or water-walking or some other water-related exercise. I don't know which would be the place to start...looking for ideas! Please discuss what has been a success for you, and also what you've found to be FUN! I'm thinking being in water and feeling "light" for a change would be a real treat.
I live in the Rochester, N.Y. area, and there are many gyms, but only a few with pools. There are also sometimes programs at the area school's pools during off-hours.
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