After a two year hiatus, I plucked up the motivation to get myself back into the gym. My girlfriend had recently joined Exercise 4 Less and said that it was a good gym. It was only a tenner per month and I got a free day to test it out before I decided to join to see if I liked it. So I went on Monday evening to try and get back into a routine.
In the past two years I have started another online based business in the National Fenestration Awards and bought a house and moved in, so any spare time has been little to non-existent. But in that time I have felt myself become less energetic, more lethargic, more sleepy and less motivated to actually get off my arse and do something. I worry that if had continued that trend, it would affect my work and the quality and quantity would suffer.
So I went down on Monday evening, was shown around the gym and it’s facilities by one of the staff and was left to have my free day to do as I please. I started off with 20 minutes fast paced on the bike, then did some upper body work. Not too much as you can understand, I didn’t want to dive straight in with a full on routine after not going to a gym for two years. To my surprise, I didn’t feel as bad as I thought I would. I did just over five miles in the 20 minutes on the bike without feeling too bad, and the weights weren’t too bad either, although not at the higher weights I was used to when I went regularly.
I was happy with the equipment, atmosphere and price of the gym, so I signed myself up. I always think that if you have to pay for something like this, it will make you go. I didn’t feel too bad the day after, so I decided that it would be good to go for a second day to try and get back into a proper rhythm. I warmed up on the bike Tuesday evening as I did the day before, and did some slightly different weight training. Holy hell do I ache today! Now I know how unfit I really am! Arms hurt, legs hurt, arse cheeks hurt because of the bike seats, chest hurts. I have been moving rather gingerly today.
But I’m going to stick with it. When I was going to the gym more regularly, I felt far fitter, far more motivated when it came to work and felt generally more alert. I’ll aim to go roughly three times a week. I want to keep generally fit and toned. I’m not going to turn myself into a beefcake where my neck and shoulders look like they’re made of Lego! I just want to keep up a general level of fitness that keeps me alert and fresh.
I’ll keep you all posted and let you know how I get on!