On a day like today, I couldn't possibly love living in San Francisco more. It's a warm and sunny 70 degrees, so I have decided to spend an extended lunch break at the San Francisco Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club. This is one of my favorite places in the city because you can lay by the pool while looking at the Financial District sky-rises, Ferry Building, and Bay Bridge. It's also a very mommy and child friendly hotspot. While you can easily find big business tycoons swimming laps, you also find little ones taking swim lessons and playing in the small pool, all while super toned mommies (and us not so toned ones) proudly sun their pregnant bellies in bikinis. It's very San Francisoesque.
Even if you're not a member, you and your kiddies can still use the pool for swim lessons! The club offers group and private swim lessons for members and non-members. So, if you are looking for a some sun, exercise, and fun times with kids in the city, this might be a good spot for you.
I'm trying my darnedest to use the pool as a work out tool, and not just an excuse to lay out in the sun. As almost anyone will tell you, swimming is a great way to get in shape and/or stay in shape. Since becoming pregnant, I've only been swimming a handful of times, but water for me is so therapeutic that I definitely need to make this a part of my regular fitness routine. So, after some prodding from my husband, I hopped in the pool for some much needed exercise. After a few hard fought lanes, my favorite was floating on my back. But, I felt great after my water work out. Plus, I think the water relaxes the baby as well, since it's one of the few times he wasn't kicking and punching up a storm!