Many years ago I discovered that exercise was a terrific way to cope with stress. I know – so did a lot of us! I also love the endorphin rush of a good workout – it helps me stave off my natural depressive tendencies. In fact, about 10 years ago I decided that I needed to “write myself a prescription” for exercise and really get serious. Now my planned exercise gets entered in my calendar and treated like a meeting. I OWE it to myself to show up!

Over the last year or so, it’s been hard for me to get those exercise sessions on the calendar regularly. The primary reason has been some chronic pain issues I’ve experienced. Plus, once I got out of the habit it was a challenge to “ramp it up” again.

This year, my spring resolution is to get my exercise back to its previous levels in my life. I OWE it to myself not to skip – I need the stress relief – I need the endorphin rush – I need the fun!

So, instead of just going back to my old standard exercise choices, I’m trying something new. It’s fun to learn something new, and to laugh a little at myself for being klutzy. It’s got to be good for my brain to learn new ways to make my body move. And I wanted to try something that wasn’t going to be as hard on my body.

So the decision is — I’m starting water exercise classes! I’ve been to two classes now, and it’s a great choice for me. Not the hardest workout I’ve ever had, but I leave feeling like the 60 minutes invested has made me feel energized and upbeat. I can’t say whether I’ll notice big physical changes or not, but I know my heart gets pumping during class.

Doing some research for myself, here are a few interesting links about water exercise:

Top 10 benefits of water aerobics

CDC on the health benefits of water exercise

Water exercise for people with fibromyalgia