Joining the Gym

I joined a gym tonight. Me, the most avid anti gym person in the world, and I joined a gym. I’ve spent the majority of the past nine months in a work polo and jeans that I accidentally bought two sizes two big, and so I didn’t notice quite how much weight I had put on until I went to get dressed a couple of days ago, and realised very few of my clothes actually fit. 

So, against the inner voice in my head screaming at me that I was going to regret it, I went in tonight – prompted by my friend – and signed up. I felt a touch uneasy about it as I filled out my details; what am I doing? I will have no idea what to do, or how to use the machines, and there will be the inevitable anxiety in the back of my brain about doing this new and unfamiliar thing where people can potentially see.

See, I’m a homebody. I’m a solitary kinda gal. So anything involving other people, or doing things in public that I’m unfamiliar with is not exactly my idea of a good time. But I am determined to push myself out of my comfort zone. I’m determined to experience things properly, especially now that I’m in a job that has regular and scheduled days off.

I can’t say for certain yet whether this endeavour of mine will be successful. I’m hoping it will motivate me, and that I, in turn, will motivate myself. I’m hoping that I’ll be like all the other people I know who find themselves actually loving going to the gym. Basically, I’m ready to make a fool of myself trying to use the gym machines, so long as the end result will make me fit into those clothes of mine! 

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4 thoughts on “Joining the Gym

  1. I don’t hate the gym. I don’t mind it actually. What I hate are other people at the gym. I don’t like people cornering me for conversation when all I want to do is get sweaty and leave. Unfortunately people seem to think the gym is the perfect place to lock me into small talk, and then I feel too uncomfortable to go back, and inevitably my gym membership lapses with me having gone exactly one time…

    Hoping to join up again soon. I wish there was a silent time at the gym where people weren’t allowed to interact with each other!

    • I’m going with a friend so she can help me get used to and understand how everything works, but if I ever work up the courage to go alone, it’ll be headphones and ipod all the way! That and choosing the least busy time to go…it’s 24 hours!

  2. I was exactly like you – and sometimes I still get nervous going alone after more than a year of it. But just try to remember that nobody is there to watch you, they’re all concerned about themselves and what they’re doing! I’ll be there to teach you how to use and do things (as much as I can) and sooner or later you’ll know it all and won’t need me there for moral support. And if it turns out you hate it, then cancel. You’re not obliged to do anything you don’t wanna do.

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