We're joining a gym!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Yesterday DH and I went to a gym downtown and signed up. It's a ritzy one, and expensive as well, but we got an introductory rate. We will have to budget for it and I have no idea how long we will be able to remain members, but for now we have decided that it is a matter of health and it's important to be able to exercise. Exercising here at home has proven to be impossible for me with a clingy nine month old that barely naps or sleeps at night, and a three year old that won't leave me alone for more than two minutes.
Tomorrow morning at nine am we have our fitness assessment. I am looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time. I am expecting the consultant to tell me that my body fat percentage is somewhere between 35 and 40 percent, and that my physical condition is, well, less than desirable. The good news is that he will also tell me what to do so I can make improvements.
And the gym itself is pretty awesome, it has everything from a swimming pool to a boxing class room to the obligatory cardio and strength rooms. I want to take a few classes too. Right now I am mostly interested in pilates or yoga, since I plan on getting my cardio on my old favorite, the treadmill. Best of all: the locker rooms have a steam room! Nothing like sitting in a steam room for a few minutes after a workout. I've found in the past that it seriously diminishes my soreness the next day, it's excellent for my skin and it's very relaxing.
I have no idea how long DH is going to hang in there. He is planning on working out in the mornings before work, but that would mean getting up around 6.30 or so, and he is just not a very motivated kind of guy. I am dreading his fitness test results more than my own. On our scale he weighs in at about 374 pounds. Of course the scale is only reliable up to 330 pounds, so there is no telling what his actual weight is. I do know however that he has extremely high blood pressure, and he knees are shot. He claims that's because he played hockey as a kid, but I would bet good money on the fact that it is his weight that ruined his knees. The way I see it, he would have to loose about 150 pounds. And then he'd still be big. But at least no longer super obese.
So I await tomorrow with an equal mix of excitement and dread. It will be wonderful to finally get to do some decent exercising again!
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