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Confessions of an Aging Gym Rat

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Couldn't resist the gym rat terminology, never having been such a thing in my life! After my free week at the local fitness center I have signed on for the month of May. It's much cheaper to sign for longer, but I don't quite trust myself yet to keep going, especially in summer.

I am hurting today, but I suppose in a good way. Yesterday's fitness class was mostly strength training & my glutes & thighs know it! I went to 7 classes this week -- 2 were yoga and 1 was a Zumba Gold. I had never done zumba & may not again: (a) gold was aimed at older/more out of shape people so was too easy and (b) it was kind of boring. I love to dance, but preferably with a partner. Plus (c) I'm not fond of complicated choreography in my fitness routine. KISS works for me.

That said, I really enjoyed the other classes. It's a smaller place & everyone seems friendly & helpful. Class sizes ranged from maybe 18 down to an unusual 6 in Friday's yoga, so it's pretty easy to keep an eye on the instructor. I haven't had time or energy to try any of the cardio or strength machines yet. Heavier free weights is probably all I need to add, eventually. Obviously for the near future the classes are enough and I need the weekends off for recovery.

I am surprised not only by how alive & good it makes me feel (I anticipated that) but also by how it has already changed my eating patterns. I'm hardly ever craving junk but rather healthy foods! Weird, and I hope it lasts!

The only downside is that my morning walks have disappeared -- classes are 9 a.m. My friend won't walk before then & I'm not really up for it after. Hopefully I will get used to the classes soon & want my walk too; I miss the fresh air.

A big thank you to Spark friends who have left encouraging likes & comments on my feed along the way! Fingers crossed for the rest of the month.

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p.s. Walked 18 days in April.
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BEN1126 5/7/2012 10:44AM

    Hi Abby,
Good for you taking fitness classes. I hope you take it easy while your muscles learn new moves. Walking is fun, but what you are doing is a lot more challenging.
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LARKSONGRUTH 5/7/2012 1:39AM

    Your explanation of not liking complicated choreography really hit it on the nail for my experience with Zumba too. It sounds like you are having a fun time trying some new things at the gym.

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ZEEDRA 5/6/2012 12:01PM

    Good for you, Abby.
My year's membership at Canada Games Centre is just about up and I can chalk this up as another "donation" to a gym...going back several years now. It was wise of you to just sign up for one month. Not that you won't go after that but we tend to beat ourselves up if we sign for a year and then start missing. Then the "all or nothing" attitude sets in..."I haven't gone for two weeks so I might as well give up."
My Elderobics is mostly working but with regular mornings when I feel I can't get started early enough so I cancel. Thank heavens I'm not doing an all-or-nothing with that!

I was very excited about starting nordic walking but now have let too many days slip by. Hopefully I'll get out today as it's very beautiful out.

Hope you didn't hurt any muscles. I've been going through terrible muscle aches and pains so...be careful!

Sandra

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ASPENHUGGER 5/5/2012 9:24PM

    Good for you! It's hard to get into the habit of exercising, but I hope it's one that frows on you. As we get older, we advance quickly into the Use It Or Lose It territory, & it's easier if you've already got the habit.
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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 5/5/2012 10:03AM

    Kudos, Abby, for trying new things!
And isn't it really GREAT when you also actually LIKE the new stuff?!

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