“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:

Cost

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.

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Convenience

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.

Cleanliness

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!

Cookbooks

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….).

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Calories

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?

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6 thoughts on “The “Five C’s” Steps to Fitness

  1. Good for you! Being healthy doesn’t have to crazy or complicated, nor should it be. I think the most important things are to do things that are sustainable for you. The more natural/real food we eat, the less we need to rely on calorie counting or diets. Any exercise that you enjoy and gets you moving is good.

    As for me, I skip the cardio machines. Cardio can be beneficial, but strength training is more effective and more fun for me. I compete in powerlifting, which means I do a barbell squat, bench press, and deadlift in competition. Weight training has changed my life in many ways, and I love it.

  2. My favourite “C” in health and fitness is Chocolate! I am thinking of my mental health.

  3. I like the chocolate C too! I almost always have one chocolate every day:) As usual, I enjoy your blog posts. I’m so impressed with you hitting the gym Erna. I agree with Angela in that strength training, especially at our age, is more beneficial. I really slacked off over the hot summer, but at least I am back doing my 10 minutes of stretches and weights almost every morning and back to long walks with the dogs and my grand baby! I go in and out of jogging binges too. I will jog for a month or two, then not do it again for a year! Your gym sounds terrific for you as well.

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