I joined a gym. Again.
Here’s my challenge in general with exercise. Laziness.
I know it’s necessary and I have aspirations of being a fit and truly healthy person, not just a healthy eater. This mindset has brought me to the gym in the past. In theory it’s all one would need, a place to exercise, classes or machines, pair it with a financial commitment and anyone should be good to go, especially someone with aspirations of fit and healthy.
Of course it hasn’t worked in the past, of course it hasn’t since that’s how gyms make money!
An additional motivator, a few months ago I read a birth story over at Healthy Tipping Point. Caitlin wrote about how she didn’t know how she could have gotten through a natural birth without staying physically active throughout her pregnancy. Well, since that’s my goal (although not anytime soon) – I’m pretty sure becoming a physically active person in your first months of pregnancy is a. not ideal and b. not bloody likely.
I’ve also decided, I’m really at a now or never point. If I don’t put a regular exercise routine into my life now – it’s not going to happen after life get’s busier. But it isn’t any of these rational reasons that are getting me to the gym this time. This membership has been successful for one reason and one reason only.
No. Not the Boy.
It’s my friend from work. She’s a gym guru and knows what she’s doing, plus I sit right beside her, so if she doesn’t see me in the morning – you bet I’m going to hear about it when I get into work.
My Buddy told me the other day – “A goal without a plan is just a dream.”
I like it.
So I’ve been going at 6:40am for the last 2 weeks.
Here are the pros and cons.
Pro – I can feel myself getting stronger.
Con – I’m sore.
Pro – I have someone who knows what to do and is teaching me how to do things properly.
Con – It hurts me.
Pro – I’ve always thought that the best workout time for me would be first thing in the morning – but couldn’t really motivate myself to get my butt out of bed first thing in the morning – but when I know my buddy is waiting for me it’s no problem. So I’m actually going at my ideal time.
Con – my new wake up time is apparently 6:00am regardless of the day of the week. This resulted in my getting up and staying up at 6:30 last Saturday morning. This makes me feel older than when I go to bed at 10pm… on a Friday.
What goals are you planning right now?
Do you need a buddy? Or is exercise your alone time?
That’s right – I’m a runner. JK. But I did go for Run 2 last night and rocked it! It might be true what they say about gym-ing… the more you do it the better you feel. Huh. Perhaps I should have listened a while ago.
Better late than never I say.
So what helps with the running? Tunage. I started with my regular “I like these songs” playlist. No good. For running or any kind of -ercise I need to rock out.
So here’s 10 songs on my new “Get Running” playlist. Charlotte and I rocked it last night!
- Britney Spears – Toxic
- The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
- LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (I think I could run for 30 minutes straight to this song… maybe not)
- Flo Rida – Low
- The Fratellis – Henrietta
- Cee Lo Green – Forget You – (I find it less angry than the original)
- The Black Eyed Peas – The Time (Dirty Bit)
- P!nk – Raise Your Glass
- Lady GaGa – Born This Way
- No Doubt – Just a Girl
What’s on your Gym mix?