This evening, we invested one of the best hours of this week in checking out the local Y.
Why the Y?
Mostly because I find that when it comes to exercise, I do enjoy working in a group, learning new skills and working toward measurable goals. While the (ongoing) training toward a run/walk Marathon builds several muscle groups, core and strength training need work. Back when we were in Texas, this meant going to the gym plus the early morning Boot Camp sessions. (Yes, I got to a stage where I enjoyed working out in the parking lot at 5 AM on cold days – no accounting for taste).
Over the past several months, core and strength training got relegated to the back burner. I have access to the facilities at work, but figured I need the motivation of the group. Plus, if its a shared experience with L, its a lot more fun.
Rachel, the enthusiastic Y employee that gave us a tour sold us on it when she actually logged into her own account and worked out on one for the exercise machines. At the local Y, we found a combination of the old: lots of exercise gadgets + heated pool + classes (all 109 of them!) along with some intriguing new classes.
Early tomorrow, I’ll be riding a (stationary) bike along some interesting roads. Looking forward to it.
[Yes, its a big expense, but we’re investing in our health, that’s priceless. Plus, its a non-profit, so supporting the Y has a halo effect].