'Cause here's the thing. The Oak Park park district turns out to have all kinds of super-fabulous and affordable sports options. Which is great. I'm tentatively planning on both Beginning Tennis (because Kevin already plays, and it would be so awesome if I could play with him, and we could all play as a family in a few years), and on Derby Lite (a low-key exercise version of roller derby, which would be cool because Derby is just cool, you know? Also, it'll make me feel like I'm ten years old and back at the rink for someone's birthday party. I used to be able to roller skate backwards...).
So that's all good, but I just missed the May sessions. So neither of those starts until the week of 6/7. There's also some complications with travel plans in June and July -- do you think it'd be worse to miss a week of Tennis or a week of Derby? But my vague idea is that I'll try one in June, and the other in July.
Which means that in May, I'd like to just add some drop-in classes, in addition to playing on the Wii Fit Plus and riding my bicycle around Oak Park. I'd like to be significantly more fit by the end of the summer, hopefully so that going forward, I can stay semi-athletic and be able to keep up with my very energetic children. Also so I can take a stab at losing the last twenty pounds of baby weight, because frankly, as much as I support the fat-acceptance ideals, and I do, those twenty pounds are bugging the heck out of me. It's irritating. I am aware of the inconsistency there, but better to be honest, I think.
So I can drop into yoga classes and pilates classes, no problem. But I remember that I really enjoyed the summer I did karate in college. And I'm thinking I might want to try some martial arts classes. And I really know nothing about martial arts. How do I decide which ones to try? Do I just try them all? Are there any that are particular easy on the out-of-shape to start with? If I have to start with a hundred sit-ups and push-ups, I can tell you that that will likely be my last class in that particular martial art!
Are there ones that you do and love? I have no particular philosophy of martial arts.