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Published on July 31, 2018

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#TryItTuesday: Getting Back on Track with Aqua Chi

Wow! Can you believe it’s almost August? I started June off with the best intentions of continuing my goal of getting fit at 50. Unfortunately, life happened, and my intentions didn’t happen. Has that ever happened to you?

You know you want to be healthy. You have a plan to stay fit and eat well, but then …

My June wasn’t too bad. I spent the last two weeks of June in Montana visiting my daughter and her family. It was easy for me to get my 10,000 steps in every day: My daughter and her family live downtown, and my mode of transportation was my own two feet. I went on daily adventures with my nine-year-old grandson and Porter, their 150-pound dog for twice a day walks.

Their home had several hiking trails neaby, and while getting in the exercise was easy, making healthy food choices was a bit more of a challenge. One of my biggest challenges is making healthy food choices on long road trips or when dining out.

Returning Home

Soon after I returned from my trip, my dad got ill and after a few weeks was placed in hospice and shortly thereafter passed away.

I’m very blessed and thankful that I could be present with him during his final season, however ... with the days away from home, several nights of no sleep, juggling my workload and being present with dad and family — my exercise routine went from regular to non-existent.

I returned home from the funeral last Sunday, exhausted both physically and emotionally. As I was planning out my week, I knew I wanted to get back to exercising, yet I couldn't muster up the energy.

I decided to give myself a few days off to get back into the swing of life.

On Wednesday, I wanted to go for a walk, I knew it would make me feel better if I got some exercise, but urrghh ... no motivation. I was struggling. From talking with others, it sounds like getting back on track is a common struggle.

Do Something You Love

On Thursday, I told myself: today you have to do some exercise, whether it’s walking for 10 minutes, stretching or yoga. It didn't matter what or how long, I just needed to move my body.

I decided to treat myself to the Aqua Chi Class at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center. I love water and swimming, and I didn’t want to jump into any activity where my muscles were going to hurt the next day.

The Aqua Chi Class at Avera is a warm water class using slow, focused movements, combined breathing and soothing music.

There was six of us in class that evening. The instructor was kind and friendly with a calming voice. We started off the class with some gentle breathing. We then went through a series of gentle exercises using our arms and legs, always mindful of our breath. The class was 45 minutes in length.

It was the perfect class for for my intro back into fitness. One of the best things about the class is that while I didn’t feel it was strenuous, I did become quickly aware how weak my core muscles were. (I don’t think the gal standing next to me appreciated me crowding into her space when I kept getting a little off balance.)

Besides being a bit off balance, my only other challenge was that the movements were so relaxing, I could feel myself starting to doze ... seriously, who falls asleep during exercise class? While the class is low-impact, I was surprised the next day that my abs were a bit sore, must have been from all my wobbling.

Some recent clinical studies are showing that individuals combining Tai Chi movements with hydrotherapy may experience improvements in balance, muscular strength, joint and muscle flexibility, and the decrease in pain.

Aqua Chi was the perfect choice for me to restart my exercise habit. If you've gotten a little off track with your exercise routine, here are a few simple ways to start exercising again:

  1. Start with something easy.
  2. Commit to five minutes.
  3. Schedule it in your calendar.
  4. Prepare your gym bag.
  5. Remember how good it feels.
  6. Ask a buddy to join you.
  7. Start with an activity you love.

P.S. If you are looking for a low impact exercise class or desire an excellent stress-reducing workout, I highly recommend Aqua Chi.

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

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