This might sound crazy, but my favorite part about swimming laps is the turns. It kills me that I can't do real laps in my parent's pool and that it has to be a vacation only treat for me until I spring for a membership at a gym with a pool. The underwater turn and kickoff is just so exhilarating.
I have discovered a class which is called aqua cardio - I guess its a blend of water jogging and aerobics... We wear the bouyance belts, jog forwards and backwards and even stationary, but also do cross country skiing, jumping jacks, rocket kicks all either forwards, backwards and in place (and let me tell you the workout when you go from moving forwards to backwards without turning around - the water is still moving one way while you TRY to go the other!) and then we do arm, leg and core exercises in place. Best of all this is through the high school at $4! a class!
When I was young, I was afraid of the water. I knew how to swim. I had taken beginning swimming in college. I just was not comfortable in the water. The YWCA where I lived offered a beginning swimming class focused on people who were afraid of the water. Fraidy Cats. What a godsend. Now it's 50 years later, and I can't get enough of the water. There is nothing that gives me a better workout or relaxes me more.
I'm one of those rare people who absolutely hates swimming. I used to like it as a kid but when I got older, no thanks. It was bad when I was a camp counselor and HAD to swim with my counselor. :( Such a shame, since doing laps would be wonderful exercise for me this summer.
I think that the "grandma" phrase was clumsily trying to get at the fact that though water exercise has a reputation for being popular with elders, it is in fact a great workout for all ages, sizes, and conditions. In one of my classes I have a range from an ultramarathoner (races 50-100 miles in mountainous terrain) to a person recovering from double hip replacement. Everybody works at their own pace toward their own challenges.
I love water walking & water aerobics classes. Our parks' system runs pools that offer a wide range, & with them, you didn't need to get your hair wet. :-) I preferred going in the winter months when the pool wasn't as over-run with kids.
Given the usually warm, accepting Spark atmosphere, I was surprised & dismayed at the "not your Grandmother's" line. I realize websites like to attract a young audience, but surely not at the risk of sounding ageist.
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