Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Thing #235--Move It

As far as I'm concerned, the Labor Day weekend was one big eating festival. I went to a BBQ on Saturday, had a meal out with the family and a picnic on Sunday, and another picnic on Monday. I did spend a lot of time sitting and eating; I did not spend any time exercising. Bad combination for me.

I'm a gym rat. I like the extra energy I get when I exercise on a regular basis. I try to get to the gym most weekdays (and sometimes on Saturday), and usually take some type of group exercise class. If I'm left to my own devices, I decide after 20 minutes or so that I've done enough sweating and it's time to leave. If I'm in a room with other people I'm too embarrassed to leave and stick it for an hour.

At my gym there are two classes each weekday morning--one at 8:00 and another at 9:00. I pick one or the other to attend. There is a small subset of exercisers, though, who stay for both classes. They are predominantly middle-aged females who are very fit and wear the latest workout fashions (just the opposite of my baggy shirts and shorts) . Because I felt the need to compensate for my sloth over the weekend, today I joined them and I completed two classes at the gym, for a total of two hours of exercise.

Both classes were held in the same room. The first was Pilates, a blend of strength and flexibility exercises that somewhat resembles what I did in Freshman gym. Although it's tough and a good workout, I didn't even raise a sweat. However, the next class was Cardio Dance; I was completely drenched when I left the gym to come home and shower.

However, I was completely wiped out for the rest of the day. I don't know how they do it!


  1. Wow! You are an inspiration. I find myself struggling lately to work out....period!

  2. Jackie's right. That's pretty impressive!

  3. I am impressed, though I think I am similar if I am on my own I don't have the motivation I do with a partner or class..

    Two sessions ....phew too much for me lol

  4. Good for you! That's been one of the things I've thought about trying (but it sounds really hard). I also need classes to be motivated (& so I don't get bored and wander away). I've done 2 classes in one day, but I've always had time in between them - I've never done 2 in a row.