Oh my gosh how I have missed Aqua Zumba! Just back from the class and I feel pretty good, not that sore. I have really missed Aqua Zumba so I was relieved I could do it without much pain. I took it real easy on the arm movements but man oh man did I work out my core.
Doc said no swimming because that would be too much strain on my rotator cuff but he didn't say nothing about no Zumba. Probably because he doesn't even know a version of Zumba even exists in a pool. You know I am not going to tell him.
Yes I will be careful and I will still do it only once a week till I get a lot further along.
It's official I am pooped! I definitely exercise harder in the water than land. I did one hour of bicycling in the water on my trusty noodle. Then I did an hour of water jogging.
I saw the Orthopedic yesterday. He is still not ready to release me. I no longer need to go to physical therapy. I can go to the gym as long as I take it easy on my shoulder. I can exercise my arms under the water within reason because lifting water is like lifting weights. I can use light free weights on land to build up my bicep and general strength, not going whole hog but taking it easy. I am under no circumstances to use the water barbells, it would be too much pressure.
My pain level is down to a one. But I am exhausted. Doctor laughed and reminded me it has been over one year since I have exercised like I am now back in the pool. It is to be expected plus I am using a whole slew of muscles that have been pretty much dormant for a year. The therapist was trying to stretch out and build up my rotator and shoulder and just that. Now I am putting the rest of my body though the motions. The walking and other minimal exercises I was doing while recuperating are nothing like I am doing now, it is night and day. Sooooooo tired is good, pain is not.
Behaved at the pool. Did one hour of bicycling on a noodle and one hour walking laps. Do you have any idea how hard it is not to use your arms especially in the water?
I had to really concentrate on holding the noodle with both hands opposed to treading water to stay afloat. I ride a noodle like a bike by making the noodle in a U shape. I hop on putting it between my legs and the noodle sticks out of the water in the front and the back. Sometimes a bunch of us have "horse races" where we sit on the noodles and peddle in the water real fast and you move forward just from your peddling.
The reason why I am having difficulty is that you want to naturally tread water occasionally so that you are not moving around too much and staying in one place. I had to force myself and locked my hands around the noodle sticking out of the water in the front.
Walking the laps was even harder. You naturally swing your arms when you walk. When you walk in a pool not only do you want to swing your arms naturally but as you gain momentum in your laps you want your arms to help push you through. I ended up having to tuck my hands in the my bathing suit bottom by the tops of my thighs. It was a sight! But I did it!
PS: Pain level still a 2 maybe 3 and my doctor's appointment with the Orthopedic is tomorrow and not Friday.