March 7, 2017( Comments: 0 )

“The Gym Trip …”

Its 5.30 on a hot Wednesday summer afternoon and I’m leaving my office in the Sydney CBD, then walking through the crowded footpath along George Street heading for the Wynyard bus stops so I can stand in a long queue to then get the opportunity to sit or stand for an hour on a crowded bus heading back to the northern beaches.

Frankly, its “hump day” and I am feeling a bit flat and “over it” but then I kick myself… “this negative thinking isn’t achieving anything – how about a bit of positive!”. I think about looking forward to going to the gym again tonight and how good training makes me feel and how great it would be if everyone could feel that good all the time.

So now the positive feelings are kicking in as the bus trundles along and I start thinking about what I love about health and fitness: (warning – this is from the heart so going to come across as pretty tragic but anyway…..)

I love:

  1. That exercising is just heaps of fun……come on you know it is! It’s a lot like what we did naturally as kids, running around and always trying new things and testing ourselves. I know we all mutter a bit about how hard that session was, or that we have sore muscles from pushing weights around but really, I reckon we just love it and that’s why we keep coming back for more and more….
  2. Feeling fit and healthy, your body feels alive and you can sense it appreciates and positively responds to the exercise it gets…
  3. Feeling much more vibrant, happy and relaxed after working out than what you did when first you walked into the gym….
  4. The proven benefits of regular and challenging exercise….lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower resting heart rate (just like an athlete ha ha), greater bone density, stronger muscles and joints, better circulation, better lung capacity, greater endurance, better posture etc etc…
  5. Learning about and appreciating your own body – how the individual parts work together, what parts are strong and what parts need working on, how it quickly adapts to that new exercise or weight like it always worked that way….
  6. Learning new training techniques that are so unfamiliar to your mind and body that you have to cope with that initial “unco” feeling and thoughts of “I hope no-one is watching”, but before long its feeling like “this is starting to work” and then “I’ve got this” and ultimately “now I want to take it to the next level”…
  7. The huge variety of types of gym based exercises you can enjoy …free weights, cable machines, cardio boxing, HIIT, Tabata sessions, unilateral exercises, super sets, drop sets, boot camps, pump classes, circuits, AMRAPS, core, yoga …. aren’t they all just music to your ears too? ha ha…
  8. The satisfaction you get from achieving your own small goals – lifting a weight that you couldn’t safely lift 3 months ago, killing a Tabata session that you struggled with last time, nailing some extended “core” work that you just couldn’t do without stopping before ….
  9. That “endorphins” high you have for hours and hours after a high intensity class or a really satisfying weights session where you pushed yourself to hit new levels.…
  10. That getting into health and fitness has made you so much more conscious of the importance of really good nutrition and the positive effects that brings for your energy levels, endurance, mind set and happiness….
  11. That it doesn’t matter that you are not the biggest, strongest, fittest, most balanced or most flexible. Whether you are old or young, heavy or light, tall or short…. all that matters is that you are doing what you love and what makes you feel great in a massively positive environment with a lot of great people around you…
  12. That you are happier with what you see in the mirror every day – that is the constantly improving version of “me”….
  13. The great vibe that comes with challenging yourself in the company of other like-minded, positive, goal oriented, brave, health and fitness conscious people……
  14. That the PTs really care, and they want to help people change their lives. That they turn up at 5am and will still be available at 8pm with a laugh or smile. That they themselves are motivated and positive, and they help their clients become more motivated and positive…
  15. Being part of the growing community of people who prioritize being fit and healthy via fitness / gym activities. Over the past 10 years this community has increased from 12% to over 17% of Aussies (and more females than males …go the girls!)

So back to the bus trip, it’s almost over for another day, and I am feeling really good about being back in the gym in half an hour. Best of all – it’s only a few weeks before I can hit my next goal in helping as many people as possible feel that “health and fitness” buzz, and capture all these benefits when I take my next step and become a full time Personal Trainer and fitness class leader.

(Ha ha – it’s long way from sneaking into an old locked-up gym in Bondi Road at 6am with a mate so we could “work out” together in preparation for the school rugby team U14’s trials…….)

Tony

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