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Last year I joined a gym, and I wrote about it here. Despite my previous relationship with gyms and movement in general, I quite suprised myself and the excitement I got from escaping the house for some ‘me’ time to exercise. I would put my runners and gym gear on at least three times a week, and I loved it, until I didn’t.
It got to the point where I was just running through the motions each time I went, and it was no longer fun, or challenging. I still went, but really, I wasn’t getting anything out of it anymore. So I left. I quick my membership (which I will still be paying for for a couple of months, grrrrr) and instead headed to a new place. A new place where there is a small community, where there are no pushy sales people, where I am challenged and feel the thrill of doing an amazing workout afterwards, and the best bit is it’s all done outdoors so fresh air!!
It’s rain, hail or shine, you go! And I have! My second class, I swear it was like five degrees and pissing down with rain, and did I mention night time? I can already feel my fitness changing, just like when I started at the gym (until I kinda flat lined).
I may not be changing numbers on the scales, but hell, it feels awesome to do things with my kids and not getting completely puffed! It feels amazing to go bike riding as a family, for long distances, exploring unknown places, while racing, laughing and talking…..how cool is bike riding?! (P.S, we haven’t had another child or anything, Phoebe’s friend came along for a ride). So, my journey continues, it has just taken a different route, one where fun, fitness and camaraderie doesn’t waiver. And for it, I will become a better me, a better wife and a better Mum, because clearly, it’s all about me 😉
About three or so years ago, I had this brilliant (or not so) idea…..
I wanted one of those bike trailers that everyone had at the time and start riding around with Princess in the back. I dreamt of medium distances and building up, heading off to the local parks with a picnic packed in the trailer beside Princess. Hubby bought me a bike and hooked the trailer on the back, and the dream, well, it didn’t quite come true.
Truth be told, I wasn’t all that fit! So when I headed off on my first ride with the trailer on and Princess in it, I didn’t make it much further than around the block. The trailer, plus child was heavy and I had no idea how to use my new bike that had fifty-thousand gears. I tried a few times but each time I was beaten down, until one day, they were both just let to sit outside and rust away in the weather.
Over the Christmas holidays while camping, Princess was at the camp while her friends were off doing things. I offered to go with her on a short bike ride, which we did. We rode to the park and had fun on the flying fox, but really, the most fun was the riding part, riding with my girl!
My fitness has obviously improved, but I tell you, riding along side her, giggling, weaving in front of each other and chatting was by far the most fun I’ve had in a long time!! I almost felt like a child again. At that moment I knew I had to try again, so today, Hubby has bought a new bike and a baby seat for Ragamuffin, and I bought a new bike of my own choosing!
We’ve made a plan to go riding together on the weekends, whether it be to the local milk bar or even to friends and families homes. And when Hubby gets home from work Princess and I will head of on rides together. That kind of fun is just too good to pass up!!
So, how long it has it been since you’ve been on a bike?
Thank you to some of my beautiful readers for their support yesterday after this post I wrote, I honestly appreciate it beyond words!
Years ago, pre-babies when most of my income was disposable as was my time, I joined the same gym I walked into last night. I used to go once a week, only because that was my personal training session. At the same time, unbeknownst to me, I was beginning to suffer from panic attacks, and obviously that played a big part in why I didn’t ever rock up for a workout! I felt like people were looking at me, judging me, watching me and whispering about me, of course they weren’t, it was the attacks talking you see? So I never went andI wasted my money!
But last night, there was not a single negative thought as I walked into my first orientation session at the gym, just hopes,dreams and a hell of a lot of positivity.
Basically last night I learnt how to use all the cardio machines and had a program written up. Even when it was all done, I could’ve easily gone home, like I would’ve in the past, instead I stayed for a bit and used the treadmill and felt great for it (unfortunately I forgot my headphones so it was a tad boring!). Not only was I exercising but I felt like I was recharging myself as a Mum and a wife, there was no guilt, just enjoyment.
I’m already so looking forward to going again!
So tell me, do you go to a gym and if so, what’s your favorite bit? Or do you exercise in the great outdoors?