Monday, January 09, 2012
This morning we ran into a snag at my water aerobics classes. The water heater turned itself off sometime during the night and the water was too cold for many of us. Our instructor taught the healthy back class in the heated therapy pool even though the pool only ranges between 3-4 feet deep. The heat actually made some of the stretches easier! The water felt great for this class. Unfortunately, our regular aerobics class is way too big to be held in such a small pool. There were 26 members today and the therapy pool was being used for therapy classes. So, the majority of the class decided to brave the cold water and the class was conducted in the regular pool. The last time I tried that, I got sick. With two knee replacements, I simply get way too cold when the water dips to 80 degrees. Consequently, a group of us with knee replacements and other issues, decided to conduct our own class in the shallow end of the therapy pool. The therapy teacher also teaches four of our water aerobics classes and she understood the problem clearly. (She is such a sweetheart!) She invited us to participate in the therapy class using more advanced moves tailored to our own abilities. We did lots of squats and lunges in an effort to stay under the warm water. In the end, we all got a vigorous lower body workout! Who would have thought it? Adapting to the cold water situation ended up giving me a great workout. I know this because when I did the week 2 day 2 video for my January Jumpstart Challenge Team, my quads, hamstrings and butt were really talking to me. I was surprised at how tight my muscles were! Yikes! I had to do some serious stretching after the video ended.