I’m a Gymophobe! Get me out of here !
Ok. let’s take these factors into account!
Long day at work
Still on the cutting down on caffeine thing
No gym gear ready
So, any sensible person would have said, stuff it! PJ’s on, gin in hand, telly on and stuff your face in a cheesecake. The operative word being sensible. Not me, I jumped on a passing 44 bus, headed back to my flat, got changed and went straight down to the Western Health and Racquets Club Gym. I think I need help!
The Club was quite busy tonight, I think there was squash match on and there were even a few hardy folks out on the tennis courts. I decided to change things about a bit and went straight up the stairs to the bikes. Music in, all warmed up and off we went. I have found an excellent version of Adele’s Fire To the Rain, the beat is exactly in time with the pace I set myself and it lasts for ages. Up to level 5 and feeling not too bad. I managed to keep up the pace for a full 12 minutes, then slowed myself down just a wee bit for the last three because my knees started to ache. However not to be put off by dodgy knees, it was the treadmill next.
I have developed the knack of completely zoning out on the treadmill. I fix my eyes on one spot in front of me and power walk towards it. Again the pace of the music I use is exactly right for me. I speed up when it does or up the incline when it slows down. The next thing you know, fifteen minutes is gone and your legs are screaming for a stretch.
So my friends, enough you might think for a recovering gymophobe working out minus GymGuyMark, but no. And I still can’t believe what I did next. I, yes me, on my own, no GGM around, went on the cross trainer voluntarily …. 5 minutes giving it welly, and then 2 minutes reverse stride. I think I better hand in my gymophobe badge now.
Why the madness you ask ? Why the sudden motivation to put this knackered old 49 and a half year old body through hell on a freezing Glasgow night ? Simple, I have a choice and I made it!
I am a still a Gymophobe but not in such a hurry to get outta there !