Joining a Gym and Work-Out Buddies
Monday, September 23, 2013
Life has been a bit crazy lately, which is why I haven't written as much as I've wanted to. I'll try to give a bit of a recap.
Last week, I met an amazing goal: I ran for a solid 32 minutes. And by running, I mean clocking a minimum of 5mph speed. I've been running for about 28 or so minutes, but I always had a break halfway through. The thing was, that "break" ended up almost being detrimental - I needed a rest on my legs, and yet after fast walking at 4mph for 2 or 3 minutes, getting back up to a running speed (>5mph) was even harder. So I decided that I needed to stop giving myself this break and really challenge myself. Like always, I told myself, "Just one more minute!" or "After this song!" until, whaddya know, I had gone a full 32 minutes of running!
The other happy thing was weigh-in. I stepped on a digital scale and saw the brilliant numbers: 156.4 pounds. (I know, my recorded is 153 pounds, but that is my inaccurate analog scale, which shows my total progress.)
I've also started replacing one of my MediFast meals with another salad. I'm becoming quite a fan of chickpeas (ZOMG, so good!) and Greek salad (a bit of feta and kalamata olives are SO GOOD!).
But what I really wanted to talk about was how I joined a gym. During my apartment warming, my aunt mentioned doing Zumba with me at her gym. I jumped at the chance - not only would I get in a workout, but I'd also get to hang out with my aunt, something I haven't had much of a chance to do in the past. And you know, the only access I have right now is my apartment fitness center, which, while good, can't compare to all the things a full-blown gym can offer. So I signed up and also got my sister to sign up with me.
So far, I've tried Zumba (love it), spin class (love it), and weights with my aunt, who is showing me the moves and the reps and making sure I'm doing them right. As we are lifting weights (and I know I look like a nut, nothing like those buff guys and gals picking up 50+ pound weights), I'm thinking, "Workout buddies make workouts so much more awesome."
So many of my social activities center on FOOD. The apartment warming, the impending Halloween party, birthdays, holidays...food is the focal point. And while there is NOTHING wrong with food in and of itself, sometimes it's nice to be able to hang with friends outside of food.
I've been attending a spin class with a couple of friends and meeting with a couple for an evening run. Both are fabulously fun and both have NOTHING to do with food (unless we go out to eat afterwards). What a wonderful way to hang out and get some exercise in - it keeps me from being bored AND I get nice and sweaty, something I found is very therapeutic.
Compare that to my previous workout routines, where I would haul (reluctantly) my butt to the fitness center with mp3 player and book and zone out. Not saying there is anything necessarily wrong with that either, but why not make exercise enjoyable too? And doing it with workout buddies means you have encouragement and a wee bit of competition. (Don't want to get complacent!)
Is your workout getting you down? Find a friend and drag him or her along with you. You don't need to join a gym for it - maybe just grab your spouse or your kids and swim at the lake or go on a walk! Or if you are adventurous but are too shy to do it solo, try out a new class together! Whatever you do, get that booty moving!