WHAT I THOUGHT I WANTED!
I come from a long line of stubborn Norwegians, and the last thing I was when I went into New Heart Fitness for the first time was open-minded. I had had my first baby just shy of a year before and was feeling pretty desperate for an hour out of the house a couple times a week. And by an hour out of the house, I meant an hour by myself. I didn’t want to make new friends or join a class full of women at different ages and levels. This precious hour away from my family needed to be intense and effective, and no Curves class was going to give me that!
HOW IT ACTUALLY TURNED OUT!
Now Stacey, the dear that she is, smiled and recommended I come to a week’s worth of classes before she would write up a program I could do on my own time. I hid my annoyance, smiled and agreed. As it happens, what I thought would be a silly waste of time, has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself. And I mean that in the least cheesy way possible. The all too pleasant Curves class of my imagination ended up leaving me sore but energized and made me realize I was getting all the benefits of a personal trainer at the price of a class. Stacey was still there watching my form and changing up certain moves in the workout to fit my personal needs. The friends I wanted to avoid ended up being pretty dang cool women, that I believe are a huge part of the reason I’ve been able to stay so consistent with going. They make working out 100% more enjoyable and I push myself harder when they are around.
WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK?
Don’t be afraid to spend time away from your husband or kiddos to improve your health. The few tears that might be shed when you walk out the door to head to the gym will always be drowned out by the giggles that come playing with a healthy and re-energized mom. Plus, some one-on-one with Dad right after work has been one of the best things ever for my little guy.
BE OPEN MINDED!
I could honestly list fifty more reasons for you to try the gym, but the truth is, they aren’t going to make a lick of difference until you have your sick and tired moment. BUT I can tell you that when you do make it into the gym for the first time, or the first time in a while, keep your mind open. You might think you have yourself all figured out, but if I had taken my own advice that day and not given Stacey’s ideas a chance, I’d be less of a person, wife and mom. I know, again with the cheesy, but we’re trying to be open-minded, right? Who knows, I might be doing yoga next!
Well…maybe we should pace ourselves. haha!