This extremely nifty bug is the detail on a statue in the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy. The best Egyptian collection I have ever seen. This bug was on a statue maybe 15 feet tall, on the chest. Just beautiful.
And on to the gym....
So, because I can never really seem to do anything simply, I spent the week touring gyms, comparing, asking people their opinion, etc. And finally decided the time is right for me to join a gym.
A new place opened only 5 mins walk from my house and on the way home from work. A smaller, no frills kind of gym with the cardio machines you would expect, plus some interesting reclining bicycles that appeal to the lazy-comfier side of me. Also a 30 minute circuit with different machines only for the circuit and a big central timer, maybe a good way for me to start, a whole basement of weight equipment, no classes but two studios, one with a variety of abs, floor work, etc videos on demand and the other with spin classes on video on demand. I never used the group classes at my last gym years ago so maybe this is an alternative I will have the guts to try.
There is a sauna, the showers are beautiful private cubicles with attached dresing rooms, and the trainer made a point of showing me how and how often the showers were cleaned.
Nothing fancy though, some fairly ordinary people around, no big free weights and no big muscle guys.
I need to come up with my own towels and a small lock for the locker that I will only be able to use for the time I am there, so I will have to carry a gym bag around.
It is an investment, although no so bad when considered on a monthly basis as a hobby. I'm going to aim for three times a week to start and see how it goes, and during the slowest time of the day so I don't get intimidated by too many people.
I went to the doctor today for a health certificate, you can't do any organized sports in France without being cleared by a doctor, and it seems that I'm good to go.
Looking forward to a possible way to reduce stress, get better sleep, get stronger and maybe lose some kilos. It is worth a year of my time to give it a try I figure.
I also think this adventure deserves some new towels, something happy and bright, not the faded ones stuffed into the top shelf of my closet, so that's on the agenda too--bright, happy towels.
I'm excited about it, can't wait to start! Wish me luck!