Well hell… five years ago I started my adventure into a new lifestyle that I had never attempted before. With the help from good friends and family I worked hard to better my body, and in turn my soul.
In the last few years, I’ve been posting my story on each anniversary and I was pleased to report that every new year had brought more strength, and a huge feeling of accomplishment. That all came to a halt this year with the closing of our local gyms due to this Covid debacle.
Now, I’m not going to go on a rant here about why our government leaders think it’s a good idea to remove healthy people from one of the ways they stay healthy, but I will say that my fitness level and health has dropped significantly this year and I have a hard time finding that motivation I once had.
I haven’t given up, far from it. I’m hoping we can soon move past all this craziness and I’m still ready and eager to get back at it, as soon as the the current regime allows the gyms to open back up. I’m just hoping that the local gyms can hang on long enough to actually reopen some time in the near future.
I took it up a notch this year and joined a local gym where I was pleased to find all sorts of new equipment. It was a bit of a shock at first, going from a smaller garage gym to working out around people I didn’t know. I went from three heavy workouts a week to four, more intense workouts including adding cardio.
I switched from lighter weight more reps, to heavier weight with lower reps. I could tell from the get go that there was a whole new world out there found by making just a few changes to my daily workout routine.
I know I say this every year, but if you are feeling sluggish and lazy, do yourself a favor and get out and start a routine that will revitalize your life. Start slow and move up as you begin feeling better and stronger. You owe it to yourself to make your time on this rock the best it can be, and getting yourself in better shape is a huge start.
I think this next year is going to be the best yet, and I look forward to another year of gains that strengthen both my body and soul.
So thankful I decided to make this change. Still look forward to every workout. Some days are truly tough as energy levels are not always where they need to be, but staying consistent is the name of the game. We’ve recently added another member to our workout group which actually brought our workouts up to a new level.
Still working on being more consistent on my cardio (yuck), but I really love lifting heavy things and reaching goals! Another year under the belt, and I’m looking forward to really kicking it up in the coming year by increasing my cardio and getting my weight down to my ultimate goal.
Sticking to at least three full workouts a week, with most weeks getting in a few more. Feeling stronger everyday, hitting my goals and looking forward to raising the bar for 2018.
If you’re feeling old and sluggish, don’t wait. Get out there and do it. Even better, find a friend to do it with you. You’d be amazed at how much a workout partner can motivate you. I’m so glad I did and I still look forward to every workout.