Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I decided to try something new Monday and really step outside my comfort zone. I joined a class at the Y.
I am usually a solo or partner exerciser because I don't like large groups and really resist activities that make me feel "crowded." I especially do not like situations where there is potential for unintended body contact as I have serious issues with that due to events in my youth.
But I had a chance to observe a deep water fitness class at the Y last week and watched this fairly large group of adults giggling like kids as they went through the routines of this class with great joy (think 15-20 creative was to tread water and/or swim with resistance weights in a 1 hour period). Their conversations were lively, the activities were fun to watch, and the entire group was very upbeat and enthusiastic. Despite my deep-seated reservations, I decided to give the class a try.
Despite my awkwardness, I really had FUN. For whatever reason, whether it was the movements, the exaggerated gaits used for the different moves, or just everyone's joy in general, it was the first time in a very long time I have enjoyed a group activity. The instructor, Melanie, made it fun and kept us pushing ourselves (and each other) in a very kind and entertaining way. And, it was OKAY that we bumped into each other with our water weigts, pool noodles, and buoyancy vests as we jogged/sloshed/crab-walked through the deep end of the pool for an hour. When class was over, I joined several of the participants in the giant hot tub for about 20 minutes to soothe the muscles we worked so hard without realizing it.
It was a very good experience that I endeavor to repeat at least twice a week for as long as I can. It was also a good re-learning experience for me as I allowed myself to open up a bit and temporarily relax some of my boundaries.