Saturday, May 12, 2012
Sunday (Mothers' Day) I am heading down to the opposite corner of the continent, Orlando Florida, for the annual conference of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA). I will be blogging my experience there at subptropical.blogspot.com/ Come join me if you want to know what hundreds of water aerobics teachers can get up to for a week!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Got my finisher t-shirt from doing the Idita-Splash this year. All the info about the event is here: www.idita-splash.com/ids/index.asp
The short story is that it's a water exercise event tied to the Iditarod dog sled race iditarod.com/ that's run across 1049 miles of Alaska in March. This event isn't a race, though. You try to complete 1049 minutes of water exercise and you get the above cool t-shirt and contribute to youth swim teams in Nome, Alaska. It's a win-win-win!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
This past week was my Sparkversary--for three years now I have been using this site, and here I still am. No huge achievements in the weight loss department, though stopping the yo-yo and having lost a few pounds and kept them off is a minor achievement for me, given what I was like pre-spark.
But the big shiny accomplishment worth standing on a chair and shouting about is my 3-year streak of at least 90 minutes of exercise per week. 157 weeks! (I missed one single week somewhere along the line.) I still can't believe it.
For the next year, I'm going to try to be as persistent with portion control and healthy eating as I have been with the exercise, because consistency, as we all know, pays off!
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Perhaps you've heard of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race , www.iditarod.com/ the 1049-mile race across Alaska that takes place every March. I've recently discovered a way for you and I to participate, have fun, exercise, and never have to leave our hometowns.
The Idita-walk www.idita-walk.com/idw/Index.asp is 1049 minutes of walking wherever you live. You log your time online (sound familiar?) and if you complete the total by March 31, you get a pin (other logo merch available, too). You can even sign up your dog with you, whether it's a great dane or a yorkie. Imagine the bragging rights at the dog park! The proceeds go to benefit a kids' camp in Nome, Alaska.
But I'd like to make a special invitation to my fellow water exercisers to join the Idita-splash. www.idita-splash.com/ids/index.asp
You log 1049 minutes of water exercise--any kind--water aerobics, water jogging, swimming, playing with the kids in the pool, and you get a finisher t-shirt. Proceeds of the Idita-splash go to support two youth swim teams in Nome. Think about how great it is for these kids to participate. Not just the exercise, but the team spirit, the goalsetting, the pride. They're off the road system, remember, so to attend a meet they have to FLY!
I've logged the Idita-splash for less than a month and have already racked up more than 1049 minutes. I'm going to keep going to see how many I can do.
Sparkmail me if you have questions. On to Nome! Mush, you Sparkers!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
For the past few months I have been enjoying the new Aqua Zumba class at my health club and even beginning to venture into land Zumba via Zumba Gold. But the past few weeks I have been away from home visiting family, and was able to attend an AqZ class there. The contrast couldn't have been bigger. We'll call the two classes Home and Away.
At Home, the instructor is a bitty little blonde bundle of energy who has been a dancer all her life and a dance teacher for most of the adult part of it. She teaches all kinds of Zumba, but is gravitating toward the lower impact forms of Aqua and Gold. Her dances are very Latin, with lots of swivelly hips and shimmying shoulders.
The Away instructor is a 6-foot tall guy, a Federal cop who does his class on the way to his night shift at work. His dances are based mainly on hip hop and calisthenics, angular and precise, with a little bhangra thrown in. Just about 180 degrees different from Home.
The great thing is that I love both workouts! Both are really suited to the music played, and the contrast is a great illustration of the creative leeway that Zumba allows its instructors. And it's also incentive to try different instructors when I can; each one gives a different fun experience.
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