For many people, the gym is a sanctuary. It is a place to collect your thoughts, get in tune with your body, and strengthen the mind’s eye of your soul. For me, the gym has always felt like a necessity, a last resort – a symbol of my struggles and failures.
I have been a member of Anytime Fitness for nearly two years, with an average visit of approximately one per month. If I have done the math correctly, I have been paying $34.99 per visit. What was I thinking? Initially, I had planned on “living me my best life”, and “being the best me I can be”. After a couple of weeks, I gave up.
As I pulled up to Anytime Fitness, I reflected on how infrequent my visits were, and how I would not be paying $34.99 for one visit anymore.
The workout itself consisted of running on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I am not trying to reinvent the wheel, just yet. The treadmill is a source of comfort. I know how to use the treadmill. The treadmill is a source of solitude and safety. People do not stare at the guy on the treadmill. On the treadmill, I have the ability to zone into myself and listen to Kelly. As the days progress forward into weeks, I will craft a playlist designed specifically for a fat-burning program synced to some of Kelly’s greatest hits.
Did I achieve everything I wanted to on my first day back to the gym? Well, I showed up! Though I may have lost a step in my speed and endurance, I am confident the coming weeks will serve as a restoration period for my lack of exercise and physical mindfulness.
Time: 30:00 minutes
Distance: 2.41 miles