I've never been much into fitness or exercise. In fact, most people would call me downright lazy. I've always been relatively slim, so it's never bothered me much. But when I noticed some extra weight settling around my mid-section, even though I hadn't had to go up in clothing size, I figured I should do something about it before it got too late.
My first step was to try and recruit friends and family to join me at my condo's gym complex. I had a few willing participants, so I was set. But, life is life, and I still haven't been able to actually get them out - though I do believe they will join me as things become less crazy. I know how it goes to be "crazy", so I certainly can't blame them.
In the meantime, I got back into the swing of things on my Wii Fit. I used to use this thing religiously last year - but at some point I gave up and barely looked at it. The little balance board sure was surprised to see me again! (Haha) ... I started doing the yoga, strength training and aerobic exercises, and of course my daily body test, but it wasn't quite enough.
So here I am, at Week #1. On Monday, I decided to brave the scary place known as the gym all by myself. And surprisingly, not only was it "not bad" - it was actually kind of fun! I did some stretches before heading down, and did an hour on the treadmill - it passed by pretty quickly when I had my rockin' tunes going. Throughout the week, I tried various machines - the elliptical, bike and rower - I'm still a little weary of anything "weight" based, because I don't know the proper technique. I also discovered that I actually prefer working out with people around, rather than when the gym is empty. Maybe it's just me, but seeing other people around me, especially if they're in really good shape. It's a great motivator for me!
So, now is when I call on you, loyal readers... what did you do when you first started? Keeping in mind that I am a total gym newbie - I'm starting from "extreme" scratch. How have you kept it up for the long haul? Any tips are definitely appreciated!
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