Musings on Water Aerobics

I recently started going to water aerobics, mostly in solidarity with my mom, who is also going.

I like that, in contrast to a lot of other fitness classes, I’m not one of the fattest people in the class, and the instructor is also fat; I don’t feel like I stand out or like I’m out of place.

I don’t like that most of the small talk centers on weight loss/weight management.

I’m surprised that I don’t float as well as most of the people in the class, including ones significantly thinner than I am. (Fat is lighter than water.) If I take a deep breath and close my mouth and eyes and relax in deep water, my head goes under water (the water just covers the top of my head). About 10-20% of the women are like me and need to use a floaty-noodle-thingy when we’re in the deep end of the pool. The one time I saw a man at the class, he had to use two floaty-noodle-thingies. Like me, he was fat but not unusually fat. Men tend to have less fat and more muscle (and I think more bone mass) at a given weight than women.

I think I used to float better in the past. I think when I dog-paddled before, my mouth was usually safely above the water. When I dog-paddle, my mouth is just barely above the water. Being low in the water feels different. It makes me think of crocodiles.

I like to pretend I’m a crocodile.

Crocodiles don’t spend most of their day swimming, but then, neither do I.

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3 Responses to Musings on Water Aerobics

  1. The Real Cie says:

    Working out in the water is the only way to go for me, really. I have fibromyalgia, plus spine and shoulder issues. In fact I’ve got a blog about fat fitness and working out in the water!

    http://fitfatmermaids.blogspot.com

  2. The Real Cie says:

    Reblogged this on The Cheese Whines and commented:
    Working out in the water is the only way to go for me, really. I have fibromyalgia, plus spine and shoulder issues. In fact I’ve got a blog about fat fitness and working out in the water!

    http://fitfatmermaids.blogspot.com

  3. flat-footed-runner says:

    Don’t worry about the whole sinking like a stone- some people just have more or less natural buoyancy than others. Male and Female.

    I’m a BMI ‘compliant’ female- running’s my first love even though I’m usually in the last 10% in a race. But swimming is a whole different world of fitness. My technique is shocking! As with running, anyone who’s out there doing it, regardless of size/ ability gets my admiration. I’ve never tried aqua aerobics (as its called here). I think I’m a little scared its going to be hard work :)

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