As a kid I didn't have much experience with the YMCA. They sponsored a trip to Disneyland really cheap with bus included each Summer and my Mom happily sent us for a day of peace. In our town the YMCA was pretty much for boys. There WAS a YWCA but if I recall correctly (and it HAS been a long time) they had a reading room and helped out "girls in trouble." I went to the public library for my reading material.
So here I am in Minnesota in January. My activity level has gone down drastically because we now live in the country, the snow is deep and the drive and roads are too icy to walk on. I still get in 10 or more flights of stairs but not so many steps. I had checked out a few gyms but I have arthritic knees and hips and weights and elliptical machines and the like aren't for me. I'm not a weight lifting kind of gal either. I want a pool for my dream exercise (besides walking) is aquatic exercise. Be it calisthenics, dance, jazzercize in the pool or just plain walking in the water I love it. LOVE it! My good friend and neighbor Laura said she had joined the YMCA in Prior Lake just 12 miles from my house. She'd love to pick me up two days a week and she sent me a copy of their classes. Imagine my delight to find there is a water exercise class nearly every hour of the morning! So I joined the YMCA on Wednesday.
I learned quickly no photographs so this is a stock photo of one of my favorite things. The Vortex! I call it the not-so-lazy river. If I walk against the water flow on the inside I can only keep it up for about 20 minutes. I tried it on the outside and it knocked me off my feet! There are two pools.
Just to the left of this picture is the lap pool. This is where I can take my classes. I've been twice so far and hope to make it 3-4 times every week. Half an hour on my own....walking in the Vortex, exercising in the pool next to it and then an hour of instruction. Finally a dip in the hot tub. AHHHH. I tell you the hometown YMCA was never like this. I watch Korban on Mondays sometimes and I can take him to the child care center....best indoor playground I've ever seen with a very very low ratio of kids to care givers. I might even take a tap dance class. You never know. Maybe I'll ask the trainer to help me use some of the equipment in the gym. But I probably won't join the basketball team. Just sayin.....