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Readers, please raise your hands- who else does not like to exercise? Be real, even if you exercise regularly, do you actually like it?
Throughout my life, I have tried to incorporate some sort of fitness and I have never been able to stick with it for long. My first job was at a gym and even with the free membership I had while I worked there, I think I only worked out a handful of times. For the first few months of the pandemic, I was steadily using Wii Fitness at home and that is the longest I have been able to regularly exercise, even though it was mostly out of boredom.
As I was growing up, I hated taking physical education/gym classes in school. I was a heavier child and I always felt insecure, as if the other children would laugh at me. I think that is why I never bothered to get active in them and since then, I have associated fitness with this negative feeling. There are certain physical activities that I enjoy, such as swimming and Zumba, but even those are activities I could never get into doing consistently.
Nevertheless, I know that exercise has many benefits and it is not like I actually dislike working out, especially since there are a lot of ways to make it fun. My issue is that whenever I take another stab at exercising, I seem to be on a weight-loss kick, which consists of me pushing myself too hard and tiring myself out by working out as much as possible in an attempt to see quick results. I also tend to put myself on these strict diets that make me miserable. This combination leads to disaster and I give up sooner or later.
Last year, I wanted to give the gym another chance. Since the summer, I meant to purchase a membership, and time kept escaping me. Well, what better time is there to start something new than a new year? As a result, I began 2022 by making the investment and I now go to the gym! I dragged Dan into this journey with me and I have to say, it has been going much better than I expected.
Conveniently, my gym has an app that helps people track their progress. Out of the 31 days of January, I visited the gym 19 times- not bad for a beginner. I got at least half an hour of exercise each of these days. I regularly do 15-30 minutes on the treadmill. I reached 15 minutes on the bicycle the other day. I still struggle with the elliptical and I have only ever been able to do five minutes at most. I am growing significantly with the machines, which I have never done much with in the past. I can do 90 pounds on the leg press. I try to stick to 40 pounds on most of the other machines, except the shoulder press and the lateral machine, I do 30 pounds.
I do not have much of a workout routine yet. I always begin with the treadmill because I treat it like a warmup. I try to do three sets of 20-45 seconds on each of the machines. I pick several to do during gym each visit. Consistency is key and lucky for me, I look forward to going to the gym now, which is something I have never felt before. I still hope to see weight loss, but I am making my goal physical and mental health in general so that I do not get discouraged and caught up in trying to lose weight.
I will keep providing fitness updates here and there as I continue going and getting used to it. Thank you for reading!