“I think I would like to take steps to join a gym,” I pondered during a conversation with Hubby. His eyebrows shot up, he looked at me askance and said, “Who ARE you??”
He had every right to be confused. I tried working out at the gym for about six months several years ago. I did increase my stamina and general fitness, but I was never a fan. Life intervened and I gave it up.
Hubby, however, has been a disciplined gym-goer for decades. He thrives on pushing himself harder and maintaining his strength, energy and fitness. I am very proud of him.
I’ve tried a variety of methods to maintain fitness: counting steps, exercise videos and apps, Wii Fit, skipping, lifting weights (teeny tiny ones), walking, jogging. After a while I get bored, or something interrupts my routine and I give it up.
But, it was time to take action again. Our new townhouse has three flights of stairs. Though I ran up and down them dozens of times as I unpacked and organized after our move, it made no difference to my general fitness, energy, and, I admit, the bane of my body: jelly-belly.
I pushed aside my tendency to procrastinate, and joined a gym. Two weeks in, and it’s going well. It met all my criteria, which I call the Five C’s:
I was first attracted to this gym based on its name: Fit4Less. I wondered what they meant by “less”. Again, I don’t want to have to spend a lot of money to exercise. I’d much rather spend money on fun things. So the cost would have to be minimal. It was. Joining was $44. Doable. Then an additional $4.99 every 2 weeks. $10/month? Definitely affordable.
I spotted the facility while navigating our new neighbourhood. This gym is only a five minute drive from my house. If I have to go way out of my way, I’m not interested. Plus, it’s only steps to Superstore, so I can pick up groceries after a workout. Convenient indeed.
This gym is immaculate. Everything is cleaned regularly and is spotless. The equipment is well maintained and all signage is easily visible. I like the “No Judgement” sign across the back wall. And, I do not feel intimidated here. There are folks of all ages and fitness levels. An added bonus: HGTV (plus a variety of other channels), on big TV’s mounted across from the cardio machines. I admit to going an extra lap or two on the treadmill in order to finish watching an episode. Whatever it takes!
Another one of the steps towards fitness that I revisited is to be more mindful of what I’m eating. Over the years we’ve found great success in weight loss and maintenance through following the South Beach Diet. I like the step-by-step approach, the meal planning and tasty recipes. When I followed this eating plan both Hubby and I felt better and I even lost some jelly-belly. I get off track when we travel or during chocolate season (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter, birthdays….).
I don’t like to count calories. That’s why I like the South Beach approach, as calorie counting is never an issue. However, in order to keep track of my exercise and eating patterns, I got an app. I’m sure there are a lot of great apps out there. I happened to choose Lose It!. It’s intuitive, only takes a few minutes to enter your info, and is available for smart phones, tablets or desktop computers.
In case you are wondering, I am not endorsing any of these products or facilities. I simply wanted to share the steps I’ve taken towards fitness at this stage in my life.
How about you? What steps do you take to maintain a healthy lifestyle?