Oldest One is registering for spring semester at college. She really wanted to take an exercise class, but said there aren’t any. I offered to look, because of course there are PE classes offered. Heck, back in the late 80’s we were required to take a PE class in order to graduate.
But that has changed. The only exercise type classes I could find were under Dance. I know ballet isn’t to her liking, and though she might like modern dance or tap dance, that isn’t what she is looking for. These days college students have massive, and amazing, recreation centers.
I went to look up the rec center website. Her dorm is right across the street, and she does use it regularly to run, treadmill and lift weights. She and her neighbor try to go every night. She said the classes cost money, so she didn’t want to ask to do one there. It’s actually a good deal though, to get her a pass for the classes. I can get a pass for an entire semester much cheaper than I can get her a gym membership, and she can go to any of the classes when she wants. If she has time and wants to go to 3 different classes in one day she can. And the classes are for everything from yoga to Zumba to water aerobics.
Husband agrees the pass is a good deal, so if she wants it we are getting it. My parents never encouraged me to do any exercise or sports, because “girls didn’t do that.” We have always had our girls active, mostly in competitive cheer, which is very physically demanding. I’ve been told if I had been physically active and exercising my scoliosis may not have gotten so bad, because my back muscles would have been stronger and could have held up better. Today all my back issues ultimately stem from the curving of my spine.
I’m determined my girls will always have access to recreation centers, gyms, and classes. I will happily pay for all of it to help keep them fit and active, and keep their muscles strong. I don’t want them to have my issues one day, and in doing this I can help them avoid it.