Saturday, February 02, 2013
I want to clarify something before I go any further. I named the class I have been going to as water aerobics but the actual name was water walking. Now I picture water walking as going up and down a lane in the pool as WW (water walking) but this class adds aerobic exercise to the walking and I guess that's where I became confused. It was more than I had done toward exercise in a LOT of years. I really didn't know the difference until
So today I went to my first WA (WATER AEROBICS) class........
and little did I know that I was stepping into the pool with the hardest WA instructor at our fitness center. I went through 1 full hour of constant movement and WOW..... It wasn't a walk in the park but it wasn't torture either. Keep in mind that in WA you have the choice to kill yourself keeping up with everyone in class or staying toward the back of the class and doing things at your own pace. I was of course not thinking when I joined the VERY friendly faces in the pool closest to the instructor...... friends; I will be in the BACK of the pool on Monday.
I did ok my first day and I will definitely be returning to do this all over again. The instructor puts you through a whole series of different things like jumping jacks, leg scissors, hoping in place, running in place, and so on. All of which in done under water so that your arms and legs become a source of traction and therefore burning up more calories. I also found out that doing around 35? Back and forth laps in a lane at the pool equals around 4 miles walked on land.
So when you are doing the WA in deeper water you are given a float belt that is made out of foam and has a black belt that secures under the breast area. At least thatís where mine would have been IF it would have fit
but don't despair.... they have water weenies or foam tubes that you can use if you don't fit into the floating vests. YES, I was a little embarrassed because I didn't fit the vests but I got over it fast. By the way, you can purchase those for yourself if you want and it will fit you without an issue. ANYWAY...... back to the weenie ...... you can opt to use the weenie in front, around your back and under your arms, or embarrassingly enough
BETWEEN YOUR LEGS like a pony..... by using it this way you get the full benefit and have full motion of your arms and legs during of the exercises without drowning.
To wind up this blog, I had a great time but I need to cater the exercise movements to fit my own physical abilities and get on with week two.
I LOVE THIS STUFF!