As part of my new year’s resolution, I decided it was finally time to start working out.
- I enrolled in a gym membership.
I was proud of myself for taking the first step in improving my health. It was just a financial commitment at first. I knew that following through and achieving my goals would take time and hard work. I gave myself a little boost of confidence by buying new gym outfits, sneakers and a fancy water bottle. When I arrived at the gym for my first training session, I was a bit overwhelmed. The gym is full of so much equipment. I didn’t know what half of it was used for and was unsure where to begin. I knew that I wanted to lose weight. I hoped to tone my muscles and increase stamina. I wanted to look and feel my best and improve my overall health and confidence. My sedentary job and lifestyle were causing me some problems. To start my fitness journey, I stepped onto the treadmill. It seemed pretty self-explanatory. All I needed to do was turn a dial and move my feet. I learned that I couldn’t run for more than a couple of minutes before I needed to slow down for a walk. It was a little embarrassing. However, I went back the next day and the one after that. I gradually worked my way up to running for six straight miles. At that point, I knew I was ready to move onto the elliptical. I’ve since worked my way around the gym, trying out all of the equipment and figuring out what I like best. I’ve gained the confidence to ask for assistance when I need it.