I’m a month into my EVERYbody journey with Newport Live. This month, life has got in the way and challenged my commitment and motivation to keep on the fitness path.
I’ve not been to the gym is nine days. I’ve gone from three days a week, to a no-show. My motivation hasn’t waned, it has just been a case of life taking over. Getting hit with a flu bug has put me out of action, and now I’m faced with the struggle to get back into an exercise routine.
It’s not uncommon for people to join the gym in January, only to quit a few weeks later. Often these people will have signed into a contract, which could see them continue to pay fees for up to a year. It’s easy to see how life gets in the way, as being an adult comes with a massive array of commitments.
Since starting my EVERYbody journey, I’ve had to skip sessions due to parents evening, nursery workshops and now sickness. Even after figuring out an appropriate gym schedule, I can’t always attend when I intend to. But that’s ok.
The hardest thing is going to be going back. I’ve missed my scheduled four-week review, and now need to get back into a routine. I’m concerned that the progress I made has been undone. Am I going back to square one?
In the days leading up to getting unwell, I tried to push through the aches and fatigue to continue attending the gym. In hindsight this may have been a bad idea. But, this grumpy version of myself was able to cast a critical eye over the experience. Here are my top gym based issues:
Riding the exercise bike, watching Jeremy Kyle on the wall mounted TVs, I got a flashback to Black Mirror episode Fifteen Million Merits. Feeling as though I’d slipped into this dystopian sci-fi, the episode suddenly didn’t seem so far-fetched.
Homes Under the Hammer re-runs, auction shows and painfully long adverts await on the big screens. However, if I’m lucky, I’ll find a machine in front of the window, or zone out to the music playing.
Newport Centre is a small gym, but manages to cram in a lot of equipment. There are ample treadmills, three different types of exercise bike and a vast array of weights equipment. However, there are only two rowing machines.
As a staple piece of equipment in any gym, these are extremely popular, and even take a spot of my personalised fitness plan. But they are always busy! Several times I’ve had to adapt my planned workout to wait for the rower, or miss it out altogether. If I could change one thing, it would be to add another rowing machine!
Sportswear is not something that normally features in my wardrobe. In fact, upon winning the membership, I had to go out and buy a pair of joggers. My trainers get a beating; from parks and playgrounds, to nature zones and woodland, aesthetics have never been an issue when it comes to my footwear.
The gym, however, has prompted some serious trainer envy. My ‘gym trainers’ are no longer glossy, but marred with the mud from the grass verge I pass on my way home. Meanwhile, others enter the gym with shiny, technicoloured, straight-from-the-box quality trainers, without a smudge. And I want some…
Ok, so enough complaining. Tuesday morning, I am ready to get back to the gym. No putting it off, no becoming a gym-quitter statistic. I’m going back! Check back soon to see how I got on.