I’ve been going to the gym since October.
Five months later, I’m starting to see some physical results.
I’ve taken it slow. Most of my time has been on the recumbent bike (I call it the lazy bike) where I watch a webinar or do work while moving my legs. I’m even writing this blog while on the bike.
Some of the hardest parts of creating an exercise habit is fitting it into an already busy life. In this case, I replaced my desk time with bike time. And I placed zero pressure on myself to “perform.” If I showed up, it was a win.
I stuck with it because being away from home and only on a bike with my phone was distraction-free and thus very productive work-wise. Sure, I have watched a couple of TV shows, and if you decide to replace your TV on the couch time with TV on the bike time, that’s great!
Building the habit of going and doing it at a minimum is fine because in the beginning you want to focus on working the muscle that is about showing up.
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My husband tells me I’d get more out of my time if I ran on the treadmill. But I despise the treadmill and my goal isn’t to run a 7 minute mile. I very much value my “working” time at the gym.
I have also joined a few classes and that has been a great opportunity to meet other people and work muscles in a different way.
The first weeks in my classes were hard. But I showed up, went to the back of the class and did the thing – at a minimum. No one is going to give me a gold star for doing more and there are no punishments for doing less. So instead, I’m listening to my body and taking it at my ideal pace.
What are my goals? To feel clear headed, feel stronger and eventually, fit into some clothes I haven’t worn in years.
My head has been much clearer since the first week. That benefit alone has been worth it. And after a couple of months, I’ve felt noticeably stronger, able to pick up my kiddos with more ease. And recently I’ve started fitting better into my clothes.
Results don’t all come at once. Habits build on themselves. We’ve gotta hit each milestone in its time. And most importantly, do it while listening to our bodies and doing it in a sustainable way.
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