By Janice McCurdy, PTS/FIS
I remember when I went to the gym for the first time. I didn’t know where to go, what to wear, how hard to work, or how the class was going to benefit me. I knew I wanted to lose some extra pounds. I had always been an active kid and teenager and weight was never an issue until I graduated from high school. Then college hit and so did the extra weight! I could always eat whatever I wanted but then I stopped being active. I got tired and groggy and couldn’t get out of my own way. I was also eating a lot of junk food. Call it rebellious as I was only allowed junk on special occasions growing up and now that I was on my own, I could do and eat what I wanted. I couldn’t understand why I caught every bug that was going around, and I just felt unhealthy.
I went to the doctor for a yearly check-up and he weighed me and low and behold, he told me I was overweight. That was very hard to hear as I had always been a bean pole. I knew I needed to nip the weight gain in the bud before it got out of hand. I started cutting back on the junk food and went to the gym. The first time I took an aerobics class, I tried to keep up with the instructor and was so sore for days after that I didn’t go back for a quite a while. I knew I was doing something wrong but there was no one there to tell me what it was or what to do. I then went to another gym and I took the time to ask the questions I should have asked the first time. The staff there took the time to help me identify my goals, and we can up with a step by step plan for how to achieve those goals. I didn’t realize that I needed to ease myself into fitness. I developed a love for the gym and how it made me feel. I loved exercising not only because it helped me feel great, but I was able to cope with life’s challenges much more effectively.
Fast forward 30 years, I have seen many trends come and go but what doesn’t change is a person’s need to belong and feel comfortable in their program. There shouldn’t be any fear to ask questions. There is NEVER a dumb question. I love to have people feel like they are part of a social network. That’s what the gym has done for me and for the many people that I have met. It shouldn’t be a scary place. It should be a welcoming place for all people, of all ages, all shapes and sizes, and all abilities. If your gym doesn’t take the time to make you feel welcome and start you at the beginning, then it is giving you a disservice. At Lifestyles, we are here to help you identify and reach your goals. We are trained to help you in all aspects of health and wellness (mental and physical). It’s all connected. We are all connected. You need to take the first step on your own but once you do, we can take the next steps together.
If you are ready to learn more about the how you can take the first steps to begin a fitness program, Janice’s “Fitting In to Fitness” program may be just right for you! Click here to learn more about this upcoming program!