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Water Emergencies !

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Well I guess it had to happen, being in the water so much every week there are bound to be things that happen.
This week I found out a woman in a water aerobics class at another branch of my gym died.
She was very overweight and she died before the emt's arrived and they only took 3 minutes to get there. It is sooooooo important to know my limits and to be checked out by my doctor before engaging in any exercise. Water may not seem like a very rigorous exercise but when you are doing aerobics for an hour even in the water, it is quite a workout. I am growing muscles I did not know I had and I have only been at this for 55 days today.
Then one of the teachers died at the gym! She was only 38 and had a head injury and passed away from it. I did not know either woman, but it gives one pause to be sure.

So I decided to still go full out, but if I get out of breathe to slow way down and let the breathe normalize. I tend to get very into it all and I know I need to watch it, this was a lesson for me for sure.
I started doing 2 hours in the pool now, instead of the 55 minute class and another 35 on my own, I will see how it goes. Two hours is a long time, but I feel good so I am going to keep it up.
I have lost 2 inches around my tummy and 1 inch around my hips, both trouble spots for me, this is after years of not losing ANY weight, even after giving up sugar over a year ago. I've lost 13 pounds too since I started and boy does that feel good.
I know I do not want to stop, I know I want to keep going, and be mindful of what I am doing, follow the instructions of the leaders..... one always reminds us "get vertical, pull in your abdomen, tighten your butt, align your spine, shoulders over hips at all times, suck it in, GO!"
Its good to have someone who knows what they are doing, they are helping me so so much.
I feel very grateful to have this opportunity to get fit.
Love it!

"If I can't swim in the ocean, I'll take the pool, anyday."


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WHYNOTJ1 6/18/2013 3:57PM

    How scary. I watch my class participants very carefully (for visible signs of distress or overexertion) and caution them to listen to their bodies and go at their own pace, but I know that health emergencies do happen.

Please take good care of yourself. As you are able, you may want to think about decreasing the time, but increasing the intensity of your workouts.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 6/18/2013 3:17AM

    Sounds like you are taking care to be mindful and listen to your body. Although it is sad to hear about these women, you are so wise to use them as reminders but not let it stop your awesome progress!!
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JUNEAU2010 6/17/2013 8:23PM

    I wish I had the courage to step in the pool! Good for you!

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JILLYMAUI 6/16/2013 8:47PM

    I water exercise 5 days a week and rest 2 days, today is one of my rest days and I spent my 2 hours with a pretty leisurely walk in the park with the dog, mostly sitting and talking to a friend who needed to talk about her situation. I was good to sit in the shade of a lovely elm and talk story......


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    Two hours can seem like a lot but if you are enjoying it, your body is handling it, and your doctor is okay with it, HAVE A BLAST!

Years ago a two hour work-out was what I wanted EVERY DAY. It was my *me* time.

Congratulations on your progress! Keep listening to your body and enjoying yourself!

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CATLADY52 6/16/2013 2:12PM

    Water aerobics is a fun class. Unfortunately the nearest place to do a class has now shut down. When I do them it has to be dry-land aerobics. emoticon

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WETPTARMIGAN 6/16/2013 1:28PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! And have a great attitude--go for it, be mindful, and back off when you need to.

Your instructor's cues sound like they could have been a quote from me, "Ears over shoulders, shoulders over hips, engage those abs and BREATHE!

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GOPINTOS 6/16/2013 11:54AM

    I just started water aerobics, and on my 3rd class, someone had an attack of some sort, heavy chest pains. EMTs got there within minutes. She is fine now and they said not her heart, keep exercising. She was back at class and looked perfectly fine.

But you just never know....

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CINDYTW 6/16/2013 1:01AM

  emoticon I am glad you are continuing since you seem to really love it!

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