Under the Water, No One Can See the Flab

For nearly 20 years, I exercised with a group of amazing women. We met Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7–8 PM in the “Y” pool for a class in the shallow end called “Aquacizes.” The class had maybe 20 women in it when I started; by the time I moved away, we were down to 7 regulars. We ranged about 20 years in age, with the youngest in her 50’s and the instructor in her 70’s; the rest of us were about the same age, in our 60’s, by the end of my time there. All of us were married or divorced, we all had children, and some of us had grandchildren. We exercised the entire hour, but most of the…

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