Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Recently I joined our local Y. It is literally 5 minutes from where we live. I've wanted to do water exercises at the pool there, and I finally convinced myself that I am worth the investment of $30 a month. Sadly, the pool exercises that I can do right now are offered only 3 mornings a week. I searched through the rest of the offerings and spotted one on Tuesdays and Thursday s. It’s called Silver Sneakers Classic. Perfect! I can make better use of my membership if I do this on the “off” days.
Some of you are familiar with Silver Sneakers programs. They are offered as a benefit of some insurance companies for those of us who fit into a “certain” age category, aka, seniors. It is not a benefit of my insurance, but it is open to anyone who has a Y membership. That’s me!!
I peeked in at the class yesterday when I went to the pool just to see what they were doing. At the time they had small rubber balls about 6-8 inches around that they were squeezing between forearm and biceps. I watched a little and thought…hmmm…not sure this will be much of a workout. I think I thought I’d probably be pretty good at squeezing that ball and whatever else it was they did. After all, I’m fairly active, although we all can do better.
Today I showed up at the class. Everyone was really friendly. The leader introduced me to the group of about 15 or so people, all of whom were probably at least 10 years older than I am. (Since I’m a leader of the Over 60++ Team, I’m sure most of you know I’m over 60. Some of you may not know I’m actually in another decade. Without telling you exactly how old I am, I will tell you the number starts with a 7 and ends with a 0.) That means these people were in their 80s or close to it.
Well, let me tell you something! I was embarrassed at how well they did and I did NOT! They kicked my butt right out of that gym! 45 minutes of non-stop something: marching, stretching, chair work, resistance bands, hand-held weights and yes…that little ball that I assumed would be too simple for me to do me much good. And besides that, none of it has made my back and leg hurt worse yet. We’ll see what the rest of the day/night brings, but if it doesn't aggravate the sciatica or muscle discomfort then you can bet I’ll be back there trying to catch up to these “seniors” who clearly have been working hard to stay healthy and active. I was terribly grateful to be sitting on the side of the gym near a large fan that helped keep us cool.
A couple of humorous things: one lady is clearly a free spirit. She sits/stands/dances on the edge of the group for more room. Sometimes she suddenly seems to take flight in her little corner of the gym with graceful swooping of the arms and leg circles. She said she sometimes gets bored with the “easy” stuff! And, one of the gentlemen had on a new shirt (assuming it is new to this group, as it generated a number of comments). It was black with the words “Fat people are hard to kidnap” on the front. He is a little overweight, so I guess it was his affirmation for today or something.
I’ll be going back! Oh, yes I will!! Here’s to the seniors in this world!!!