Last year in January I joined the gym. For the first time in my life I decided to really get serious about living my best life as far as my health is concerned. While I had spent a few years prior learning about nutrition and hormones and all those other ‘best health of my life’ things (that I will definitely explore later on in this blogging adventure,) regular exercise was the missing piece. If you see me running, you better run too because something is chasing me. I’m sure you’ve heard that joke before. That was one of my favorites. If you saw me exerting energy that would elevate my heart rate in public something was going down.
Luckily, I selected an awesome local fitness center- a really friendly helpful staff and unlimited classes included to get into the swing of things. I have to admit, though, I was pretty intimidated in the beginning by all of the people there, all of the equipment I had no clue how to use and for some reason was actually embarrassed to ask for instructions. I avoided a lot of them in fear of ending up as a viral video sensation for flipping myself over the ‘handlebars’ of a leg press machine or something.
I think a lot of us avoid fitness centers altogether out of fear or intimidation or even judgement, so I hope I can set some minds at ease with a few things I’ve learned and observed over the last year and a half.
- You are exactly the right shape and size to go to the gym. No one begins their fitness journey fit. That’s kind of the point. Oh, sweet woman, I know comparison is often the thief of joy and intimidation is the robber of your motivation, but you are just fine to start right where you are.
- You can figure out what to do- whether you ask for help or you go it alone. Every piece of gym equipment is on Google. There are experts out there giving free knowledge on YouTube with step by step tutorials. Beyond that? You can team up with a trainer or get fitness programs right on an app on your phone. GymLife and FitRadio are two of my favorites. GymLife has a chart to show which muscle groups you’ve worked that week to make sure you hit all the ones you want to tone. Fit Radio has a little monthly charge but along with awesome music there are actual cardio coaches to talk you through walks, runs, elliptical workouts, and more. It’s as easy as picking how long you want to work out and at what intensity level and selecting a genre of music. Oh, and having a good set of earbuds! Not everyone wants to enjoy your coach and music along with you. I like Bluetooth earbuds so I’m not tethered to my phone. Yoga pants with pockets have changed my life.
- You will not be the slowest or most out of shape person should you decide to join a class, and even if you are the instructor will be excited to see you and your class mates will either welcome you with open arms or be so preoccupied trying to keep up they won’t be checking your performance at all.
- You can wear whatever you’re most comfortable in! Big t-shirt and sweatpants? Fine at the gym. Don’t feel like you must walk in looking like you just stepped out of a sneaker company ad. People who go to the gym don’t dress up for the gym.
- It’s not a waste of money if you actually go. Your health is your wealth, friend! As for motivation? We will cover that soon in another post.
She, confident in her body’s ability gain strength and mobility, held her head high and walked to the membership desk of her local fitness center.
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