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Lea, a Water Warrior

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Lea, a Water Warrior


In Lea’s words,


I had seen some of the Water Warrior posts and thought it would be a great way to exercise without the risk of injury. I am not always comfortable in the water and keep to mainly land based activities. I was booked in for the initial lesson when I read a Water Warrior article that mentioned laps. I freaked out a bit. I haven't done laps and very rarely go in the deep end. Amanda assured me I'd be fine, and that everything was at my own pace.

Amanda was right! I bought my flippers after the first lesson, and I get quite put out now if I miss a class.  I cannot believe how comfortable I feel in the pool & that I can do Metaqua anytime anywhere there is water. I don't need to make a class, though it is quite nice to have company and others to have a giggle with. Healthwise I have moved into an age bracket where the medical guideline says my cholesterol needs medication. I am challenging this by making some lifestyle changes including upping my exercise. Metaqua is helping me win this challenge. I have found I sleep so much better after a class and there are fewer aches in my body.


In May this year, I am walking my second Camino (with my partner Mick). The walk from Porto in Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in Spain will be about 250km. Generally, people will walk this over 14 days. I plan on loitering and stopping at some lovely beaches along the way so it might take me 18 days.

Metaqua is helping a lot with my preparation and longer-term fitness goals. Luckily the Amiens Forestry provides me with training tracks for my walking training. At present about 10 weeks before we leave, I am walking on average two 6km trails 3 or 4 times a week and usually an extra-long hike (12-20km) once a week making sure I get in some elevations. Metaqua while it is building strength and cardio it feels good to get my muscles working differently to the usual walking and the support being in the water provides to my joints really helps. I also want to get back on my bike so perhaps on Metaqua days if I do a ride and a walk, I can call that my triathlon.”

The Water Warrior Project is a joint project of inspiration between Amanda, Metaqua Instructor from @swimminginthefield, and Lara Flanagan, Photographer from @mynotesfrom 

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