For most of my water aerobics teaching career, I have taught at two different pools. One was a private health club, the other was a public service class at a university sports center. Both were great, if different gigs.
Things began to chan... Read more
I've been working out on my own in deep water lately, and a curious thing has happened more than once. When I finish my intervals, laps, stretching, etc, a younger, more slender swimmer has come up to me to marvel that I've done a whole hour of ... Read more
We say we "lose" weight, or in the case of FIFIFRIZZLE, "release" weight, but according to the laws of physics, matter doesn't disappear. It has to be somewhere when it's left your hips! Thanks to a recent message from one of my water exercise g... Read more
I feel like I've been socked in the solar plexus. The health club for which I've been teaching water aerobics for the past 10 years (10 years!!) has cut my classes from the schedule. Starting next week. And the way they thought to give me this i... Read more
My drivers' license expired recently. Actually, the TSA id checker noticed it and told me. I panicked for an instant, but he said that it was still good for his purposes for a year, however I'd better get it seen to when I got home.
I could... Read more
Magnificent as the Grand Canyon trip was, there were problems. They started with the best intentions in the world--breaking in new hiking shoes before I left. Good idea, right? Well, the good news was that I found out that those shoes were very ... Read more
I've just returned from an experience of a lifetime--rafting the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon. We went with a commercial guiding company (and were very glad we did), a group of friends of a central couple, almost all Alaskans. No boating m... Read more
Today's Spark email has a link to a big article on water exercise www.sparkpeople.com/reso urce/fitness_articles.asp? id=1500
Hurrah! I say. The more people who discover the benefits of the water, the better!
Howev... Read more
Why, indeed, at sixty-mumble years of age do I do this? It's a question I'm sure plenty of polite people wonder but don't ask. It's a question some nervy family members actually ask. It's a question I sometimes even ask myself. Here are some of ... Read more
So, what does an exercise instructor have to learn in order to be certified?
1. Anatomy! You have to learn the names of all the major bones and muscles, the different types of joints and how they work, and terms that describe direction and ... Read more
I have had a couple of conversations recently about being an exercise instructor, and it occurred to me that it might be a blog topic of interest around here, so here goes...
A while back, I blogged about what led me to water exercise. You ... Read more
Normally I'm not one to blow my own horn, but this week I was in the top 10 fitness minutes ranking of the Fitness Instructors Team. I realize that my fellow instructors probably do so much exercise that they are way beyond merely tracking it, b... Read more
Last year at this time, I directed your attention to the Iditasplash and the Iditawalk, fun exercise challenges that benefit the participants AND programs in Nome, Alaska, that promote healthy exercise and outdoor activities for children who liv... Read more
Yes, we've long heard that calories are calories, no matter what time of day they're consumed. But thanks, science, for finding out that the HUNGER is different in the case of late night munchies. So still a good idea to close the kitchen after ... Read more