That Time I Tried Aqua Fit
NEWS FLASH!!!! ...It's not just for old people.
One of the most difficult parts of pregnancy is submitting to the fact that your body will no longer be just yours for the next 9 to 10 months. During my two pregnancies, one thing that helped me get over this harsh reality was exercising.
Being a preggo mommy with an active toddler certainly isn't easy. As a [currently pregnant] stay-at-home mom, it probably goes without saying that I don't get out a lot these days. Finding fun new ways to engage my mind and body has done so much more than benefit my body and physical well-being, it's helped me maintain my sanity. Even though Arria accompanies me to the gym (I leave her at the kids club), I definitely still consider going to the gym to be part of my "me time" regimen.
After having Arria I discovered kickboxing as a form of exercise that I LOVE; it was fun, high intensity, challenging, and most importantly it gave visible results. When I discovered that I was pregnant with #BabyReidNo2 I was going to the dojo 4 to 5 days a week. Around that time, my membership with the kickboxing studio was about to expire, so I decided to join LA fitness. With this, I've been able to take part in different forms of fitness that I probably wouldn't have considered otherwise. Aqua fit was one of those experiences.
Prior to participating in my first aqua fit class, every time I thought of water aerobics I would think of senior citizens. I know, I know (that's horrible isn't it), but hey, I'm sure I'm not the only one! After taking a class, I tip my hat and say kudos to them and anyone else who does it on the regular. Water aerobics are HARD!!!
I typically like to get a good sweat in when I work out-- for obvious reasons that didn't occur during this workout, but I felt the burn none-the-less. Throughout the class I felt my muscles working in ways that they hadn't before, but I wasn't exhausted. I felt the need to control my breathing (so I knew I was getting some good cardio in), but I didn't feel winded. The resistance I felt using the water weights came as pleasant surprise-- I could feel my muscles getting sore, but I wasn't fatigued. The entire experience was awesome! After the class was done I went home feeling well trained and ready to take a nap.
As much as I enjoyed this new fitness experience, I will say that there were a couple things that I didn't enjoy so much... numero uno, being the chlorine. The pool water left my skin feeling CRAZY! For two days after the class my skin felt perpetually dry and itchy. There was no amount of shea butter and body oil that I could use that could bring me relief; mind you, I shower and apply both twice a day). My skin finally returned to normalcy after the third day. The same night I took the class I washed and deep conditioned my hair. But with what happened to my skin, you can only imagine how concerned I would be about the long term health of my hair if taking consistent aqua fit classes. #NotAboutThatLife
So here's the deal: would I recommend water aerobics to anyone looking for a solid, low-impact workout? Heck yes! Will I continue to take the water aerobics classes after I give birth? As long as my hair situation permits, and as long as classes are before wash day (because you know I can't have my fro and twist-outs in the pool all willy-nilly) -- sure! Are water aerobics just for geriatrics? Most definitely not. lol
Comment below and share, have you ever tried an aqua fit class? Would you recommend it? And what are some other fun forms of exercise that you may have tried while pregnant, I'd love to know! :)
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