I’ve been fortunate enough to experience a lot of things in my life. I’ve white water rafted, hiked wilderness, flown airplanes, driven Route 66, traveled the USA, lived for a bit in Europe, and much more.
But, at 60 years old, last night I did something I’d never done in my life. I stepped into a gym. For the very first time.
I seldom get intimidated, but I must admit. I pulled up into the parking lot, and had to set and gather my thoughts for a few minutes. I found myself making up excuses to not go in…I’m too old, I’m too fat, I don’t have time, the list goes on and on.
But, I took a deep breath, and went inside, fully expecting to see a room full of jocks working out.
Instead, I saw a group of people, some much younger than myself, and, much to my surprise, some much older. Tall people, short people, of all shapes and sizes. Some were on a treadmill, some on a bike, some stretching, and, much to my surprise, all were having a good time.
I chose Planet Fitness, at first, solely for convenience…it’s close enough to home that I can ride my bike up there. It just so happens their slogan is they’re a “no judgement zone” and that was evident from the minute I walked through the door. From the folks at the counter to Brandon, my trainer, they immediately put me at ease. I spent an hour or so with him, and now have a program to get me back on the track to health.
All in all, it was a very positive experience. It feels good to be taking some positive steps for my own good!