Since joining the gym last summer, I can almost definitely say that it was a good decision, even if there have been some ups and downs. So, I wanted to write a small post about my experiences so far, from my health to the logistics of the gym.
So first things first; have I got fitter? Most definitely! Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never be a major athlete, the fastest runner, or lifting the heaviest weights, but I feel stronger, and more capable of doing exercise without breaking into a huge sweat, even if my legs will forever be jelly whilst navigating the stairs of the Attenborough Tower. I will also burst the bubble of illusion now that I don’t use the gym as a tool to lose weight; I accept that I have lost weight, however been healthy is far more important to me, and will always be my main focus. Additionally to this, I feel, like many people had told me previously, the gym and regular exercise has improved my mental health. As someone who struggles with mental health issues, it has become a release of stress and upset; as well helping me form a routine, which is perfect since I thrive on routine.
However, there is something I struggle with, and that’s feeling body confident! Although I’m a healthy weight, I’m also plainly aware of my larger thighs and chubby face; that’s just the way I am, but thanks to media I am often told that anything above a size 10 is too big. Sometimes I like myself, and other times I really don’t, so the gym may be a blessing or a curse depending on whom I see there. I see so many different people, and regardless of gender I can’t help but wish I looked like others, who I believe look perfect. However, it’s important to look around, bodies of all shapes and sizes are in the gym, who are there for a multitude of reasons; this usually grounds me, and makes me re-access my way of thinking.
I try to always focus on myself, and making my experience rewarding. However, sometimes confidence comes from the presence of others, and I’ll often attend the gym with my friends, usually as a motivational exercise. Classes are also a good way for getting into the gym, with an instructor who can help you out, as well as giving you the opportunity to try something new. Although I don’t attend many classes myself, I can totally see the benefits and would genuinely encourage any gym-goer to give it a shot.
Finally, what are my goals? Well, in all honesty, I don’t really have one, other than to keep going, for myself, rather than for societies standards. Oh, and I need to visit the sauna; I’ll take the chance to relax after a long workout.
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak to You All Soon!