Friday, September 10, 2010
(Because Jaymurz's comment on my "Aqua Zumba" blog yesterday nearly made my mate spit coffee)
I promised I'd report back on yesterday's adventures in splashing around attempting to dance in water up to my chest.
Lessons learned -
1) Get "pool shoes" (and ASAP, before the stores take them off the shelves for the season) - nothing like having your feet slip out from under you while trying to change directions.
2) Bring water - I'd left my water bottle in my locker, and the instructor sent everyone who had water back in the locker-room to go get it before she'd start. "You're sweating, you just don't know it 'cause you're in the water!" I found it interesting that she actually reminded us to take water breaks between songs - on land she just keeps going, but with us in the pool she made a point of reminding us - smart.
3) It won't feel like you got as intense a work out as you do on land...until LATER! OMG, I woke up to go potty in the middle of the night and could barely MOVE - so much for "this was too easy"!
The instructor told us as we were getting started that she's done it in the water before (she lead the class "on land", using a chair when we had to do things like jumping certain ways in the water so she could show us the moves), and warned us that it's VERY different, but once you get used to it, it's an incredible work out. She's right - the resistance of the water provides a "strength training" aspect you don't get as much of on land, and the buoyancy of being in the water kept it from feeling quite as much like cardio (at least as far as the intensity of regular Zumba anyway). Like I said, I didn't feel like I'd gotten as intense of a work out as I do with regular Zumba after the class, and was a little dubious about it (even though it WAS a blast)...until later, when the full impact of all that water resistance hit me.
FWIW, this was also the first time I'd taken ANY of the "aquatic classes" at the Healthplex. I was really impressed - this wasn't even the "therapy pool" (where they have specific warm water classes), and the water was NOT all that cold. And I love the fact the Healthplex provides you with everything you need but the bathing suit - they have big fluffy towels AND nifty machine that'll dry your suit for you (not completely, but it spins out the majority of the water so you're not carrying a dripping suit home in your car). They even provide soap and shampoo dispensers in the shower stalls! I so love my gym!
Final verdict? I'll be back. Though I definitely want to continue doing Zumba on land too, just so I learn the moves and get better at the "dancing" part. But for days when I'm in too much of a rush to get there by 9am, or on days when my joints are complaining, it makes an excellent alternative.
I think next week's new adventure (as I continue my ongoing quest to try something new every week) will be Cardio Mix (maybe...we're heading north to Kent on Thursday for the weekend next week, and those classes are usually on Fridays, so that one may need to wait until the following week). Which reminds me...I need to start working on my plan for getting my exercise in while we're out of town this time. Camp in July was fairly easy, but this will be a hotel at a very busy intersection...pondering is.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Since I totally spazzed it last week (remember that whole "too much to do" blog?), you get to meet TWO awesome new sparkpeople today! And by new I mean one who JUST joined and made a spark page, and one who's been on SP for a bit but just added pictures and their first blog yesterday. So, lets's get to it, shall we? Our Friday Friend Day features this week are...
DOLLFITNESS and REBOOTMYLIFE!!!
DOLLFITNESS is a trainer at my gym, and quite the little sparkplug! I can see why they have her as the first person to get people set up on machines, etc - she's as friendly and bubbly as they come! She says hi every time she sees me, and having sparked her, I'm hoping she'll help me spread the spark to the rest of the HealthPlex! She's a runner - I got evidence of how MUCH of a runner when she took FIRST in the women at the Cheetah Run last weekend! Wow! I'll take at least a LITTLE credit for that, as I believe she went mostly 'cause I badgered her about it the entire week before (she'd been invited to go to the lake with friends, and was debating which to do). She also does marathons (note the plural there...wow) - I know, for instance, that she'll be volunteering at a marathon in Dayton next month. So go welcome DOLLFITNESS to sparkpeople and cheer her on!
Wow...where do I start in describing REBOOTMYLIFE? (Not to give short shrift to DOLLFITNESS, I've just known him a lot longer). I've actually known him longer than this represents (I remember his posts when his daughter was born), but he and I really "met" on September 5, 2005 (yes dear, we just had our five year...anniversary? Not sure what to call it anymore, but there it is) when he'd posted up some stuff that had me worried about him on the Low Carb board I was frequenting back then (remember, did Atkins in 2003, lost 65 lbs, largely due to the support on said low carb message board and my friends there, one of whom - ZCTMMOM1 - you've already met). I sent him a PM while I was at work that night, and was surprised that he responded in a few minutes. "Dude, what are you doing up so late?" got the response that he was working, AND come to find out he worked at one of the telephone providers we used for our data circuits! We started e-mailing regularly, and a relationship was born, a relationship that started me back on the path of being MYSELF (because at the time my now ex-husband had insisted on closing the relationships to just him, me, and our wife who wasn't bi...and the situation was slowly killing me). Rather than go into the long meandering details (or this blog will probably kill SP's servers), suffice it to say I ended up building a relationship with him AND his wife (and their daughter, who dubbed me honorary aunt within moments of our first meeting) - I was their girlfriend for several years. We went through a lot together, including the birth and death (from SIDS at 2 months) of their second child, their move from Austin to Atlanta, my divorce and rebuilding my life with 'Yote (and THEIR ensuing friendship - I swear REBOOTMYLIFE was happier to see 'Yote than me when we visited them in Atlanta, 'cause he had a buddy to geek out with), the birth of their now 9 month old son, and their eventual finding of other loves who lived closer and subsequent divorce. It's been about a year and a half since the "girlfriend" relationship shifted to "friend/chosen family" - I don't consider them (either of them) "exes" exactly, since we never broke up really - we just transitioned into a non-dating role as they both found they were more suited to monogamy, and that's totally okay. REBOOTMYLIFE is now learning how to live as a single dad, and I'm REALLY proud of him for taking this time to reassess his life and discover who HE is and what he wants and needs in life. He's been getting himself together in all kinds of ways, and though I know he struggles with loneliness sometimes, he's doing what he needs to do for HIMSELF right now, and that makes him a hero in my book.
Oh, something else you should know? He's about twice my size...as in, he TOWERS over me at 6'8" tall. No really - he has to duck in doorways. :) He's also a brilliant IT guy, a gamer (he was in on the plot to get 'Yote the XBox), and total technophile. AND shares - he passed "The Borg" (aka his iPod) on to 'Yote when he got his iPhone...the iPhone which is now in MY possession since he upgraded to the iPhone4. Oh, and we're STILL on his "family phone plan" - which is why we live in Cincinnati and have Atlanta cell numbers (as does our ex-girlfriend too actually - we'd gotten her on the plan while we were together, and she's still using the same phone).
SO - go welcome my dear dear friend/family member REBOOTMYLIFE to sparkpeople! You're gonna love him as much as I do - guaranteed!
Friday, September 10, 2010
One of my biggest goals on this path to better health and fitness is to get to the point I can go hiking with my kids. Understand - both my sons (we're talking the red-heads here) were boy scouts, and were part of what is called a "High Adventure" troop - they went on some kind of camp out every month (yep, can you imagine sleeping in tents during the coldest week of January? My sons can more than imagine it...they've done it...brrrrrrrr). My older son also got to go on 2 High Adventure trips (which they did every few years or so) - one hiking trip to Boundary Waters in Canada, and one to Sea Base (scuba diving) with his dad. The younger of the two lost interest when his older brother stopped going, and never got to go on any of those major campouts - something I feel bad about. *sigh* So when I say hiking, I'm not talking about a walk around one of our local parks - I'm talking SERIOUS hiking, with a backpack and tents, out in the wilderness somewhere. So for today's inspirational photo, I went searching for images of people hiking - imagine my delight when the first pic that caught my eye turned out to be an image from the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association website! www.voga.org/hiking.htm I am SO bookmarking this link!
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Today's inspirational photo - and I'm not sure if it's the dancing, the landscape, or the swirling rainbow that appeals to me more, but this image just sings to my spirit.
Here's the site I found the photo on (first time I ever wished I lived in Alaska):
Meanwhile...guess what *I* just found while looking for dance inspiration...
POLE DANCING LESSONS! IN DAYTON! Yeah, it's an hour away, but on a Sunday? I could totally do that! And even better...they have a SWING DANCE NIGHT the first Saturday of every month, which is only $5 a person and includes a lesson at 8pm and then open dancing after...and my mate DID agree to go swing dancing with me...MUHAHAHAHAHA!
Pole dancing info: www.kirasoasis.com/classes/adultclas
Swing dancing info: www.kirasoasis.com/events/swing_nigh
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