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I Joined a Gym

It’s been about a decade since I joined/went to a gym. It’s not because I’m anti-gym; it’s because there are so many things and projects that keep me busy and give me a proper workout. So, instead of a gym, ShovelinngI opted to get fit by doing practical things (building a fire pit, setting paving stones and gravel in a garden, building raised garden beds, painting the deck, raking, shoveling, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera).

Why Did I Join a Gym

There are two reasons for joining the gym. The first reason was I was bored and wanted something else to do. It was either joining a gym or hanging out at the local wine bar. I thought the gym was a healthier idea.

The second reason for joining the gym was the pollen count. I like biking, walking, and being outdoors. However, there were certain days when the aftermath of sneezing and itching was more than I wanted to handle. Yes, I do take vitamin C, and it does squash the allergic reactions, but if I’m out for an extended period of time, I have to remember to bring vitamin C, and sometimes I forget.

Whole New Experiences

Back in the day, when my kids were small, we had a family membership to the gym. Between the outdoor pools and the indoor basketball courts, my kids were happy. Hubby enjoyed the weight room and basketball court. Me, well, back in the day, I used to take step classes until I discovered spinning. Or I should say cycling. I think Spinning is trademarked, and I don’t want to run into problems. For this post, I’ll use the word cycling.

SneezingSince I enjoy biking outdoors (except when the pollen count is unbearable), taking a cycling class was the next best thing. Actually, there are times when cycle classes are more enjoyable. I like it because it’s like going to a party with jammin’ music and a great workout. It’s addicting.

Sore Rump

Fortunately, transitioning from biking outdoors to the cycle class wasn’t very difficult on my rump.  Newbies who have not been on a bike in months or years will experience rump rage. In other words, your bottom will be sore for a few days. It’s unpleasant, but once you’ve developed a tolerance for the bike seat, all is golden.

The bikes they use now are “smart bikes .”They have digital screens that record all sorts of stuff for each ride. I don’t use the “smart” feature. I leave the computers off for three reasons.Bikinng

  1. I’m a numbers junkie and can see myself becoming obsessed with the numbers.
  2. I can’t read the display without my glasses (that’s the real reason). and I don’t wear glasses when I bike.
  3. I have an Apple Watch, which gives me all the info I need.

Fitness Improvements

In the one month since joining the gym, I’ve taken 14 cycle classes. I took it slow the first week, but after that, I’ve been taking a class every other day. These classes have done wonders for my lower back, hips, and knees. At first, it was a little touch and go, but now, I’m hooked.

Going forward, I intend to take other classes and even learn to work the Nautilus circuit. My goal is to progress slowly. I’m no longer a spring chicken and learned that slow and steady work best for this old gal.

Why am I sharing this? Well, because I have a blog that has been dormant for quite some time (I really didn’t have anything to say). I figured maybe it was time I started writing about health again.Lifting Weights

6/24/23 Update: I wrote this in May and never posted it to the blog. Since then, I’ve added Body Pump to the mix. That first Body Pump class was a humbling experience. My body was angry with me for at least three days. Now that it’s talking to me again, I decided to make Body Pump a regular occurrence. No sense in going through the painful initiation and not sticking with it.

About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

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  • Dave June 24, 2023, 7:37 pm

    I could never forget I subscribed to your blog. We’ve had too many meaningful exchanges that have served me well. 122 years is the record. Therefore, I expect to be receiving notices from you for a good 60 years to come.

    Best to you,


    • Felicia June 24, 2023, 8:26 pm

      Hey Dave!

      LOL! Here’s to the next 60 years!

  • Loretta June 24, 2023, 6:15 pm

    Hi there, Felicia,

    It’s so good to see you posting here again.

    I was pleased to read your post about your gym experience. I was a member of my neighborhood gym (so lucky to have a gym within walking distance of my home) for seven consecutive years and attended three days a week for most weeks (Occasionally, I did only two days.) Then, the pandemic struck, and everything shut down. Although our city began opening things back up in less than two years, it took that long for me to make up my mind to return. Yes, I rejoined the gym two weeks ago and piggybacking on your expression, my body is still “angry with me.” So, I’m taking it easy.

    I own a stationary bike and various size free (hand) weights, so what I don’t participate in at the gym, I do at home. I primarily go to the gym to use the treadmill. I owned a treadmill years ago (before joining the gym), and I regret giving it away. (Forehead slap!!!). My gym also offers spin classes, Zumba, and some other perks, but right now, I’m only going to use the treadmill three days a week, and sometimes I use the Lat Tower machine.

    You are doing the full Monty (Go, girl!). When I grow up, I will be as courageous as you and will expand my workout. Keep up the good work.

    • Felicia June 24, 2023, 7:02 pm

      Hey Loretta,

      My hat is off to you for rejoining the gym. Even more, for staying active during the pandemic. Having weights and a bike at home and actually using them elevates you head and shoulders above most folks.

      I do biking because my hips like it. With the spur in my hip, I find that too much walking causes discomfort. Biking, on the other hand, makes my hips happy.

      As far as weights and Body Pump goes, this is a whole new experience. I’ve never really lifted weights (other than hoisting kids and grandkids around). I do like the results though. When I’m not aching, I feel stronger. I might even increase it to two Body Pump classes a week. I’ll see how the body feels and adjust accordingly.

      I heard/read/saw something somewhere that for every hour a person works out, they increase their lifespan by three hours. I don’t know how true that is, but one can’t go wrong by increasing physical activity. Especially as we age.

      Loretta, keep up the good work and keep inspiring!