One of the perks of my job here is I get a free family memebership to the fitness club here in Great Bend. Until yesterday I’d never utilized it. But Andrea and I decided that it couldn’t hurt us to be a little more active. I already knew that I was phenomenally out of shape. That and I could stand to lose a few pounds so starting this week we’re going to start going at least twice a week.
I’m certainly no health nut, so I couldn’t tell you what a “smart” workout is supposed to be like, but we started out 20 minutes on a treadmill. I did a brisk walking pace of 4 mph. I was quite embarrassed by how quickly my calves and shins developed that burning sensation. But it was tolerable, so I powered through at the same pace for 15 minutes. I planned on running the last five minutes, but I could only make it about three and a half before I slowed it back down. Now my chest was burning in addition to my legs. I used the last few minutes to cool down at a walking pace, and when I stepped off my legs felt real weird. Like they were going to keep walking away without the rest of me!
Next they had a bunch of equipment setup to work different muscles, so we went down the line. I tried to do two sets of 10 on each piece of equipment. Some I could, some I couldn’t. The one that really kicked my ass has you hanging at a 45 degree incline doing crunches. I got about 15 in and that was all I could handle. So I went over and picked up some dumbells and tried to look like I knew what I was doing, but I could tell I was starting to get a little queasy from the crunch session.
I don’t really remember what Andrea was saying at the time. All I remember is feeling real shaky and then a cold chilled sensation on my face. I took long deep breaths trying to get the nausea to subside, but the more I thought about it, the more overwhelming it became. She was in mid-sentence when I calmly headed straight for the front door. When I was outside in the freezing cold in shorts and a shirt, I took the opportunity to color me some snow.
Oh how out of shape I am! But I guess that’s why we’re doing this. I don’t have any aspirations of running marathons or anything. Just be a little healthier. I still plan on going tomorrow (if they’re open). Hopefully we can stick with it!