During a recent road-trip, I began talking about my new-found happy-place, the local YMCA. "I don't feel embarrassed to walk on the treadmill and when I look around, there are people going slower than me! I also like the relaxed feel of the dressing room where there is no pressure to have six-pack abs and a perfect body! I also love the pool. When I swim, I just don't feel my age as much."
"Just don't do aquasize," the driver offered as if it was a banned substance.
"But I love aquasize and do it 3-4 times a week," I almost screamed, but realizing the kiddos were sleeping, I resisted the scream and made it a firm statement! "I get great exercise and even do some resistance and weight work in the water. It's also easy on my knees."
"But, it's for o-o-o-o," he stopped, catching the prejudice before it came all the way out.
"It's great for old ladies," I quipped in defense of all aquacizers, some much older and some younger than me. "This is an exercise routine I can get behind and do for a long time. I am getting older, in case you didn't notice."
Later that night I reflected on the conversation as I climbed into bed, promising myself I would do weights in the morning. It's easy to let our preconceived ideas get in the way.