I've put off exercising using every excuse imaginable. I don't have time, I'll hurt my knee and hip. It's too expensive, too hot, too boring. I don't like to sweat. I wish I could be like the people I know who actually look forward to working out. Not me! There are soooo many things I'd rather be doing. Like shoveling coal in the sweltering engine of a train. Or battling giant, blood-sucking mosquitoes in a desolate swamp. Or...you get the idea.
BUT. I need exercise. Like many people, I'm too sedentary. My heart needs to beat faster for longer periods of time. Sure, sex is great for that but it doesn't happen enough to really qualify as an exercise program. My muscles and bones need to be stronger because a healthy body means less injuries, a higher rate of fat burning, better posture, better stamina, and the strength to do what I want to do. I need to maintain a certain level of fitness to be able to do my day job. Heck, any job.
When a twenty-four hour gym opened minutes from my house, I checked it out and attempted to join. Sadly, the contract ended up being on the shady side, when the price I was originally quoted turned into a higher number. I don't like sneaky business practices, so I visited my local YMCA instead. You started singing the Y song, didn't you? Did you get really carried away and make the letters with your body? Good! That's exercise!
As you can see, my Y has a fabulous pool. Great exercise, no impact to the knees or hips, no sweat. I'm gradually getting my sh*t together enough so I can swim more often. We'll see how dedicated I am when the weather gets cooler, but for now, this is a wonderful workout that I enjoy immensely. I've learned a few tricks to make this adventure even better, like using a swim cap so my hair doesn't turn to straw. I hope to avoid goggles and ear plugs but if I have to use them I will.
My heart, bones and muscles thank me.
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