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Monday, August 20, 2012

Whew! I did it! Gave a water aerobics instructor masterclass for my fellow teachers at the health club to share some of the ideas and techniques I got from the conference I attended in May. (blogged at http://subptropical.blogspot.com/)

Most people's big fear is speaking in public. Now add to that being in a bathing suit. And not young and definitely not cute! The antidote for that supposedly is to imagine your audience naked or in their underwear. But they were already in bathing suits, too!

Anyway, it went well; I had more material prepared than I had time to deliver, which is the best way round for that equation. And they were a very eager and collaborative audience.

I had a hard time deciding what to pick out of a week's worth of conference workshops to try to distill into my 45 minute pool time, but eventually chose themes that I had heard from more than one presenter, as these are likely to be emerging trends. So: incorporating diagonal movement into workouts, alternatives to the supine abdominal crunch, and a little taste of Ai Chi.

I did it; it was good; and yay! it's over! Kind of like exercise in general--the best part is being done!

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ARLENE_MOVES 8/20/2012 9:08PM

    Good for you. Wish I could have heard it!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/20/2012 5:44PM

    Good for you! It sounds as if you did an excellent job! I think that Wet Ptarmigans are rock-stars!

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BEARGODDESS 8/20/2012 11:50AM

    Congratulations! You're right talking in public AND in a swimsuit would be a challenge. Wonderful that you were a great success at it!

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It's always better to show up at the pool!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Just had to share this with fellow Sparkers, especially the Water Aerobics Team.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/2/2013 7:12PM

    This image reminded me of the feeling I get when I turn up at the pool and there is the water all inviting, I love it!

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LASKIE2 8/8/2012 10:30PM

    emoticon I love it! And it's so true.

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DEBBIELCG 8/8/2012 12:26PM

    thanks for sharing

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Working Out Sucks!

Monday, June 11, 2012

I recently stumbled on this book at the library and just had to pick it up. www.amazon.com/Working-Out-Sucks-Doe

It's a humorous yet well-grounded boost for your motivation. The basic format is "Working out sucks, but...X... sucks more." Some examples:

Working out sucks...but your excuses suck more.

Working out sucks...but having low self-worth sucks more.

Working out sucks...but raising unhealthy kids sucks more.

Working out sucks...but cardiovascular disease sucks more.

Working out sucks...but paying more for health insurance sucks more.

Working out sucks...but self-pity sucks more.

Working out sucks...but if your weight-loss strategy is dictated by a celebrity (or you're waiting to be chosen for a reality TV show), that sucks even more.

And to sum it all up--
Working out sucks...but letting it make everything else suck, sucks more.

This kick in the motivation pants is followed up by solid advice about diet and exercise that won't be big news to a sparker, but is well written and worth reviewing. And one of the new little nuggets I found is that there is now a new area of study call inactivity physiology. And these scientists have discovered too much sitting has its own independent health risks regardless of your overall activity level. Wow!

Anyway, I recommend this as a worthwhile and entertaining read. (maybe read it standing up?) emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/18/2012 1:09PM

    Thank you! It's a great perspective on the suck factor of life.

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LOVESLIFE48 6/15/2012 10:27AM

    Love this!! Thanks for sharing!!

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IDEBORAH 6/12/2012 12:12PM

    I recently saw a tagline that read: Embrace the suck. Now I know what they meant. Thank you for posting this. I'm thinking of my own list of suck mores and this is really motivating.

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Blogging the AEA Conference

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!

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1TERRY7 9/9/2012 12:34AM

    Thank you for this extremely interesting blog and for the links! emoticon

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Got My Idita-Splash Shirt!

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!

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