Musings

Exercises

I finally started working out at the Y.

We joined, as a family, a little over a month ago, but with one thing and another, it’s taken me this long to get myself on a machine.

I signed up for this 12 week program that teaches you how to use all the machines, bit by bit.  Apart from an ancient treadmill that I had around 10 years ago, and an exercise bike that I had back then too, or before, I haven’t actually used any fitness equipment.  I’ve got an assortment of dumbbells, and my yoga mat, and an 8" high step thing.  And a bench.  But haven’t used the big stuff.

So.  This 12 week program begins with the cardio stuff.  Today I did 20 minutes on a bike and 20 minutes on a treadmill.  Not too crazy fast, but not all that slow either.  I was sort of surprised and impressed with myself, to be honest.  I thought I’d be embarrassingly weak…and all the senior citizens in the room would point and laugh as I feel to the floor, wimpering.  Okay, not really. 

The deal with this 12 week program is I have to make it to the gym 3 times a week.  Today counts as the first day, since I did 40 minutes.  I’m planning to go again Wednesday after work.  There’s a kid care kind of program too, so I can drop the kids off there and they get to have fun and do crafts and all that while I burn a couple hundred calories.  And then I’ll go one more time on the weekend, probably Saturday.

And for now, that’s enough.  Just getting time for myself 3 times a week is a big deal for me.  And it’s not that I’m begrudged the time – it’s that I have a hard time taking it.  So this whole thing is exercise on a couple of levels.  And all of it’s bound to be good for me.

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