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Triumphant Return

By Jennifer H. McInerney

(Just a follow-up to my previous post…)

I almost didn’t go.

When I rose from my desk at the end of the work day, I felt exhausted, both physically and mentally. Plus, it was a hot, humid day—almost 100 degrees. Not an ideal workout day. And I hadn’t been to the gym in so long, what was one more day?

Then I thought to myself, “Aren’t these the types of excuses used by people who never go to the gym?”

I realized that this was probably how the vicious cycle begins: talk yourself out of it one day, then the next, then the next, until you haven’t been to the club in so long that there’s no point in going back. I did not want to be one of those people.

So I went. 

And it was one of the nicest, most relaxed workouts I’ve ever had. I didn’t push myself too hard; I didn’t rush. I read part of a recent issue of Oprah magazine while I pedaled away at a reasonable pace on the recumbent bike. After I cooled down on the treadmill, I proceeded to the free weights section and did some nice, easy reps. I didn’t even have to lower my weight amounts, as I’d anticipated I might. I took my time between exercises and took special care wiping down all of the equipment I touched. Oh, and my ab muscles are responding well to their rude awakening.

Ever since my triumphant return to the club, my energy levels have improved, my breathing is better, and my head is clearer.

I’m so glad I went! And I’m still going…

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