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More fun at the new gym

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Being my first week at the gym, I don't know how to use most of the equipment. It's different than the equipment at the other places I worked out. I also haven't taken any of the same type of classes. I've taken similar classes, but not the same.

The instructors of each class ask if anyone is new. I raise my hand. They tell me to take it slow and that I'll get the steps in five to six classes. First off, I won't get the steps in five to six classes. I'm fairly uncoordinated and it will take me longer. Until then, I'm going to do the steps to the best of my ability and have a good time doing so.

When I was in my early twenties, I hated exercise classes. I felt so awkward. Now, I love them. I'm still awkward, but I don't care. I rock them. I don't care if my tee shirt and shorts don't match. I don't care if I don't have nice matching exercising clothes that the other ladies sport. I just bought girls' shorts and I had a bunch of worn tee shirts to wear.

This gym has a rule about no jeans on the exercise floor so I have to wear gym shorts or exercise pants. Since I'm tiny and cheap, the ones I have don't have pockets. That annoys me since I would walk at the Y with the phone and MP3 player in my pocket. I'm back to leaving the phone in my locker and putting the MP3 player at my side on the equipment while working out. The headphones will just reach my ears that way. I also find I can pin the MP3 player to my clothes. There is a neat little arm thing that holds them that I might look into.

The people at the gym recommend getting a heart rate monitor. Then, someone sells them there. I know the ones on the equipment aren't accurate. I don't care. I figure if I'm comfortable that I'm not overdoing it. If I spent the money on a heart rate monitor, I don't know if that would make me exercise harder or easier. I hoped it wouldn't make a difference. However, I know that I hated pedometers when I tried them. I didn't like that some days I walked more than ten thousand steps without trying and other days, I didn't walk more than two thousand with a lot of effort. I didn't like focusing on the amount of steps I took. It made me pace too much. I felt anxious wearing it. I felt like people could hear it count steps. Rationally, I knew that couldn't but since I could hear it, I figured other might and it made me feel paranoid.

I know heart rate monitors are silent and look like a wrist watch. I doubt I would be obsessed about looking at it like I looked at my pedometer the few times I wore one. Still, I don't think one is necessary. I don't need to know my exact pulse rate at any moment. I need another device to tell my how many calories I burn. It still seems like a waste of time and money.
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    I used to use a heart rate monitor for running. In the back of my mind I was concerned about overdoing it since I wasn't a kid anymore. I tried 3 different models. I found the chest straps on the 1st two to be so uncomfortable that I think the annoyance actually raised my heartrate.

    The 3rd model (MIO) didn't use a chest strap, but I had to press 2 buttons simutaneously to get a reading. That's hard to do when running although it worked OK the rest of the time.

    Now I just take a one minute walk break & check my heart rate manually.
    2765 days ago
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