So I’ve started going to the gym. Included in my tuition for SAIT is a membership to the gym on campus so I decided to start using it. In the nearly two years since I left construction, I’ve become totally weak. I couldn’t possibly fight you. (Bonus points if you know what this reference is from.) There was a time where I wouldn’t have to think about moving a piece of furniture or equipment around the room and now I need to take a minute after bringing a mattress up the stairs. I don’t like that. I want to change that.
So short story long, I’ve started going to the gym.
I’m not doing anything crazy while at the gym right now, just some cardio on the treadmills and elliptical. Simple stuff. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons.
- Reason the First: As I already mentioned I’m totally weak. I’ve never been the best at cardio related activities but right now if I’m doing anything above a brisk walk for more than 30 seconds I’m wheezing.
- Reason the Second: I want to get to a point where I can do some hiking over the next year without feeling like my lungs are going to light themselves on fire
- Reason the Third: The weightlifting equipment looks really intimidating.
In fact, let’s revise that last statement. The entire gym is really intimidating.
The gym at SAIT is a good looking gym. What I mean by that is that everyone who seems to be at the gym are incredibly fit, good-looking individuals. I am neither of those things. As I’m attempting to maintain a pace that barely qualifies as a jog the person next to me is running at a speed like they’re trying to qualify for Boston. Add to that a constant feeling that I have no idea what I’m doing and going to the gym becomes not just a physical battle but a mental one where I have to constantly talk my self out of talking myself out of quitting.
I’m starting to understand why people quit going to the gym so quickly. Because if my goal is to be like Boston over there on the treadmill or to have the same amount of physical strength that I had working concrete, that goal is at minimum a couple of years away if it’s even attainable at all.
But if the goal is simply to be better than I used to be, then maybe I can accomplish that today. And if I have the same goal tomorrow maybe I can accomplish that tomorrow. This doesn’t remove the mental battle I have to go through when I’m huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf on the treadmill. I still have to talk myself out of quitting every time. But it does make it easier to stay there and keep working towards the goal.