The Joke's on Me

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!!!
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    Good for you!

    I have not mastered the fortitude to actually go to the new YMCA 1 mile from me. Can't go go Planet Fitness with DH either.

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    1368 days ago
    Again - YOU are awesome! I wish I lived nearby and could go with you!
    1660 days ago
    My mom and I did a similar aqua aerobics class in the evenings when I worked at the Y and got discounted classes. At 22, I was the youngest by at least 20 years, and I was huffing and puffing! They always make it look so easy!
    1661 days ago
    I love Silver Sneakers. It's unbelievable. There's even a Silver Sneakers in the water on Friday, but I have yet to make that.

    A couple at my SS said that they no longer take Tylenol and walked straighter just because of the SS activities on Friday and Monday.

    Good for you Jeannie. It's great fun -- and that's coming from someone who NEVER liked group exercises. (Everyone was so peppy and cheerful.)
    1661 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    There are some very fit Seniors out there and I've always thought of YOU as one Jeannie emoticon emoticon
    1662 days ago
    Jeannie,, I am SO PROUD OF YOU GAL !!! SUCH TERRIFIC,, hmmm dare I say "STEpS" you are taking ! WOOHOOO YOU GO GIRL !!!

    LOL I took a water aerobic class,, and I knew I'd NOT be great at it,, but, still I DID NOT KNOW one can SWEAT in water !! WOOHOOOO !!!! I did stop though,, cos it was a GUY teaching the class,, nd the others had been going for QUITE some time !! I have sight and hearing problems,, so its very hard for me to "follow" along,, I simply can't see,, and my hearing has always been bad,, so normally I lip read, but without my glasses,,, LOL that was GONE !!! It was such a DISASTeR FOR ME !!!

    U GO gIRL !! again, so PROUD of the OUTGOING StepS you are making !

    1662 days ago

    I am sorry but this is too funny...the visual of you sitting near the fan after that workout is hysterical. I can emphathize with the feeling that "oh, this will be a piece of cake" only to find your assumptions were wrong.

    What countries do you thing the gentleman with the shirt recently visited?


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  • CJMOK1121
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    Hey Jeanie: (GOOD FOR YOU.) When I get to go to the pool at the Y, I have to do my own water exercises, the group ones are just to much for me. But I tell you some of those eighty and older put me to shame. Sounds like you will be having a good time everyday. only 5 minutes from your house. emoticon . This is a great blog, I am so glad for you.

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    1662 days ago
    This has definitely brightened my day! Great 'chuckle' first thing in the morning.

    When I first tried water aerobics my 'superior self' (my 'superior obese self') thought: Give me a break. This will be good. I'll exercise but it won't be difficult at all. I mean, really, why push myself; right? Was I ever mistaken. It was quite a workout. I was exhausted when we finished. I don't know about your workout but ours was to music and it was anything by Yanni either! Sheesh. We were a mixture of ages. But I fell in love with the water, with water walking, water exercises, water aerobics. It's fantastic. I'm so happy that you went and that you found out you're the young chic! So funny though.

    Happy pool time. Great blog.

    1662 days ago
    Great way to get in some good exercise. We have a water aerobics class near here that I want to look into. I've been thinking the same thing that it might be too easy so now I am looking forward to what I may find when I get there.
    1662 days ago
    Jeannie they don't know what they are up against you will soon have them all doing the conga and i they Will be saying that youngster Jeannie keeps us in shape !
    1662 days ago
    How wonderful for you, Jeannie. Age is just a number, it's how young you feel on the inside that counts. I just know it won't take long for your inner teen to kick those seniors' backsides.

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  • JAMER123
    emoticon I have the insurance that gets me into Silver Sneakers free but haven't used it! I did go up last yr. before I had it and just wanted to water walk and there would have been no way I could have kept up with them!! Of course, they ARE a little older than I am. I would fit into your 60++ team but no farther for now:-) Now you can do something every day!!
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    1662 days ago
    You may have felt out-classed in the exercise department...but it sounds like you'll fit right in with the HUMOR department! emoticon
    1662 days ago
    Jeannie, isn't it great to start a new activity? It's so motivating to know you're out there with all the other fit people of the world just doing it. And when you reach the next age that ends with a zero, you'll be the one kicking the younger seniors' butts. Of course, you have a wonderful, healthy, fit and fun-filled decade ahead of you before you reach that point, and if you make every second count, it will be spectacular. So between swimming and your new fitness class, I foresee all manner of happiness and weight loss going on in your life, and I plan on taking the same path with you. Let's rock this!!!
    Hugs, my friend!

    1662 days ago
    Sounds great, Jeanne! I had to laugh when you said they kicked your Butt, but I'll bet they would kick mine too, and my age starts with a 6! Go for it and keep us posted on the results! emoticon
    1663 days ago
    Well done! Love the black shirt...
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  • JILL313
    Jeannie, Sorry but I have to Laugh as it's true that age is just a state of mind and probably agility & strength. So they kicked your Butt my friend as I'm sure those years older people who would also "tear" mine up plus put me to shame. emoticon You're going to go and be the Belle of the Ball after doing them with these decade older + Seniors. I know you have more strength than many us do on our Team so I'm rooting for you to Challenge yourself and it'll be a win-win for you as for them. I'm not surprised that they can kick your fanny as most have probably been in this aquatics class for years. Just think with your joining this class how strong and healthier you will feel and actually become. I wish there was a local Y around here but unfortunately there isn't. The only kind of gym I know about that has an indoor pool is a new close by local gym and they don't even have a Senior Aquatics class, but I was told there are many Seniors in it. Every time I drive pass their parking lot the parking lot is jammed packed as it just opened a few months ago and is super equipped and attracts people from many other Cities. One Day I hope to be able to join in as everyone who I know who does Aquatics Exercises says they love it and only regret they hadn't started one sooner. I'm cheering you on and on to more strength and don't let those older Seniors intimidate you one little bit my dear friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 7/29/2014 6:59:25 PM
    Good for you!! you give me hope! I have been doing the same chair exercise for weeks now and I am bored. Geez! when I grow up I want to be just like you! :) I think you are a great role model for us other seniors, me especially!! I think you are great!!
    1663 days ago
    I must say you show how courageous you are by admitting they kicked your butt. But I am sure in a few weeks you will be right there with them. And yes, I suppose obese people are hard to kidnap. Had to laugh at that one.
    1663 days ago
    That's wonderful Jeanie, I loved my old SS group. it's the one that got me to be able to stand longer and move more by strengthening my core. I need to just get serious and rejoin the Y when it starts up in September again (no Aug. Classes). Enjoy!
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  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    Way to go!
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