Before I retired I was lucky if I managed to get one session of aqua-aerobics in a week - and then only if I didn't have a lunchtime meeting. (Lunchtime meetings - what are they? Oh, so lovely to have a diary clear of
them!) Nowadays I can be seen several times a week in the swimming pool, jumping up and down, usually out of time with the music, like some crazed lunatic.
I am aware that not every reader
may have experienced the joy of aqua-aerobics so I thought it worth some explanations. I am sure everyone has gathered that it is an aerobics session, but in the pool and to music (I do not want to insult anyone's intelligence because I need people
to keep reading....) This means that nobody can see if you are stretching properly or extending your limbs to the maximum, or trying really, really hard to follow the instructions. I find this a great benefit.
You do need to learn a few basic (but totally incomprehensible) movements. You need to know what a "spotty dog" is and a "rocking horse". Neither are what you might think. You have to master "jacks" and "leg curls" and know the difference
between the two. You have to be prepared to jog, jump, punch and kick - and remember which leg you've been hopping on. In short, it's a good deal harder than you think......
it isn't really - but it is made much, much harder for me because, without my glasses, I can't see very far. I always position myself in front of the instructor so that I can see, through a kind of myopic mist, which movements she is demonstrating.
Trouble is, she keeps dancing off round the poolside, where I can't keep her in sight. This would not be so bad if I could understand the instructions she is bellowing out - but the acoustics are terrible. Though it might just be my ears....
Anyway this means that for most of the session I have to try to copy the person next to me or, more often, make something up. And because I'm in the front row, this invariably means that everyone behind
me copies what I'm doing (because most of them can't see or hear either.) It must be soul-destroying for our poor instructor.
Towards the end of the session, I try to edge towards
the pool end. This is because there are only eight showers and, if you don't nip out of the pool in double quick time, you have to wait in a shivering line for one to come free. Some people cheat by leaving the pool five minutes early but I cannot
do this - it seems ungracious, like leaving a birthday party before the cake and the singing of "Happy Birthday to You".
My two god-daughters, Dawn and Pip, celebrate their birthdays today.
Happy Birthday, lovely girls! And if that wasn't enough to celebrate, well my Daily Blog has now clocked up over 1000 hits. Thanks, everyone - as long as you keep reading, I'll keep blogging!