Becoming a Gym Rat
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to write about the changes our family is going through, from diet to exercise and a lot of things in between, but it seems that I can never find the words. So today I set aside what I’ve written and started fresh. I’ve taken a step forward instead of writing about all the changes I’m starting with becoming more active and joining the Gym. The rest will follow, there are a lot of changes in my life and I really want to share them.
Getting more active started with an App on my Milestone, Couch to 5K. Melissa found the program on the net (http://www.c25k.com/) and I found the Android app (http://sites.google.com/site/c25kapp/)and we decided to give it a try. It was hard going at first and I’m running a few weeks behind the 9 week program. Melissa started the program with me, but soon found it wasn’t for her(yet) and we looked to other solutions for working out. To that end in the middle of May we joined a Gym. Running is still something we both want to do, we just have different timetables. I’m planning to run the CIBC Run for the Cure while Melissa will just walk it this year. Next year we hope to run it together. What I’m not sure about is if I want to wait till October to do my first 5K Run. I might look at doing one in July or August.
We chose to join Goodlife Fitness because there is a location that’s close to us and we have access to a bunch of Gyms throughout the city. Joining a gym has been new experience for me, and at times seems overwhelming. With all the different machines and options at times I’m not sure what to do. We’ve been doing orientation classes to teach us how to use the different machines and they have helped. Mostly I’ve been using the treadmill to keep up with my C2K and the elliptical. We’ve tried to get out to the gym 3 or 4 times a week, and with the helps of our family we have managed it. The biggest surprise about the gym has been how much we enjoy our time at the gym.
Going forward the challenge is finding the time to get to the gym and still do some running on the street. I like the treadmill but it’s completely different they when I go for a run outside. Right now I’m getting to the gym 4 or 5 times a week and I’m lucky to get one run outside a week. I need to change that, specially if I am to run a 5k this summer.