Well, if I’d known they had super-sonic* treadmills, maybe I would have braved the gym a lot sooner!
Yes, I managed to drag myself to the gym today! I am so very proud of myself! It was quite nifty, actually, because I got a little new member’s bag and towel and got a tour of the facilities. (I have been here before, but only to use the pool and not for a long time.)
The main thing I planned to do today was to try the treadmills. I have never actually used a treadmill before (unless walking in the wrong direction on an airport travelator counts!) and it is my main motivation for going to the gym.
Oh. My. Goodness. I didn’t know about the super-sonic treadmills. Did you??
The treadmills had big screens on them on which I could:
Watch TV – including Pay TV! (*squee* We only have free-to-air at home.)
Play computer games!
Browse the web!!
Connect my iPod!!!!
I was in electronicky-nerdy heaven! All the connectivity wonderousness makes me want to go to the gym just to play!
I had brought my iPod with me, so today I chose to try that out. I watched about three TED talks and found the machine automatically recording my workouts to my iPod! More super-sonic niftyness!
I also discovered that walking on treadmills is actually easier than walking normally. It is because, when I normally go for a walk, I have to propel myself by pushing my whole weight forward. On the treadmill, I just lift my feet and the ground whizzes away beneath me!
Of course, the main thing I learned is that, as usual, I imagined the whole thing would be a bigger deal than it actually was. I’m proud of myself for going, because it shows that I’m getting better at not letting all of the possible negatives stop me from trying things. I’m also proud of myself for actually sticking to my plan and not deciding it was just easier to stay at home and do other things. Now that I am over the fear of the unfamiliar, I need to try to keep up the habit of getting myself out the door!
Finally, I just want to say a big thank-you to two of my wonderful friends: Amber has been always encouraging and gave me the inspiration to buy the gym membership in the first place. Vivien gave me the little spur of encouragement I needed to keep myself moving out the door today and wonderful reinforcement.
* Yes, I am aware they are not actually sonic, but allow me some Doctor Who pretendy-fun!