Monday, August 19, 2013
Today I took advantage of a great employee benefit--I met with our Wellness Coordinator and had her lead me through an exercise routine.
Let me back up a bit here. I work for a city government--in the public library. Our city has been incorporating a lot of things to encourage us to be more proactive with our health, and one of the newer benefits has been hiring a Wellness Coordinator. I met with Liz last week to talk over what I was wanting to do and what my goals were.
SparkPeople is really great resource and I am learning a lot about nutrition and motivation, but when it comes to exercise, I find it easier to work with someone in person instead of following a video. So today, Liz and I went to one of the city's Recreation Centers (another benefit--city employees can get a free rec card to use the fitness room) and went through how to use the machines and do the exercises properly. I'll also start taking a yoga class at the rec center two nights a week.
It was a good workout and I was wiped out when I was through. (Liz suggested an epsom salt bath--she suggested it multiple times--to avoid too much pain tomorrow.)
Up until now, my main exercise has been walking--I've got some walking paths of various distances near me--but it's hard to go out to walk when it's so very hot in the summer, and I have not done anywhere near as much as I should lately. But going to the rec center to use the treadmill gets rid of that excuse. And I certainly can't say that the gym membership is too expensive. Okay, the rec center doesn't have all the amenities that a gym would, but it has what I need.
Now let's just hope that the epsom salt work and I can still move in the morning!