I joined a gym today. I'm sitting here thinking, what the hell have… - Saving the Vorwuls since 3289 a cage!
I joined a gym today.

I'm sitting here thinking, what the hell have I done? It's a good deal -- I think. Our local authority gym scheme where I get a discount for being a carer, so is only £21 a month, and I can go to any local authority gym in Sunderland, which includes a swimming pool, sauna etc in the next town over.

But man, I'm scared to death here. I'm going to the induction on Thursday, and she said bring your gym clothes. But I don't even have any. Will my sketchers do? Will people laugh if I turn up in them and leggings?

I can walk to the one in my town easily, and James will go on a pay as you go basis so we can go swimming together.

Gah. I think I need to go lie down in a dark room or something. And yes, this will pass and I'm sure things will be fine, and this is a good thing. But again. What have I done?!

We also saw Valerian, which was pretty to look at, but had the disadvantage of having two main characters I didn't give a damn about.

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gh0sts From: gh0sts Date: August 7th, 2017 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
oooh go Terri! A new gym is opening just around the corner from me on Thursday so I'm going to join on Monday :D

Sketchers and leggings are fine! All I ever wear to the gym is leggings or joggers with a baggy t-shirt or vest and trainers; people go in all sorts, so don't worry!
turps33 From: turps33 Date: August 11th, 2017 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome you're joining that gym. You'll need to let us all know how it goes.

Thanks for the encouragement, especially about clothes. You're so right about people wearing all sorts. I was there today and an older man was on the bikes wearing a shirt and knitted pullover/waistcoat thing.
egelantier From: egelantier Date: August 8th, 2017 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
ooooooooh awesome, go you! i'm doing gym for the first time this year too, and it's honestly much less terrifying than i thought it would be. other people are generally busy with their own stuff to pay attention to you, and skechers and leggings are absolutely fine. just bring some water with you and take it slowly ♥
turps33 From: turps33 Date: August 11th, 2017 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I took your advice and took water, and am so glad that I did.

Thank you so much for the encouragement. You were right, actually doing it was much less terrifying than I'd built up in my mind.
solariana From: solariana Date: August 8th, 2017 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go you! I never had the guts to go to a gym. I don't have any gym clothes either. At least not that I FIT into. I was *this* close to joining the gym that my Dad goes to, but they changed their hours from 24/7 to 8:00am-8:00pm. I'd probably want to go around 4:00am-5:00am. I imagine 4:00pm-8:00pm will be crazy busy.

Anyway, I hope it all goes well and you enjoy it!
turps33 From: turps33 Date: August 9th, 2017 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

The induction is tomorrow, and while I feel okay about it now I know for a fact I'm going to wake up nervous in the morning.

Timings and how busy things get is going to be one of the things I ask about. No way do I want to be going at peak times.
solariana From: solariana Date: August 9th, 2017 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't like crowds. My Dad has also noted that sometimes there aren't enough machines for everyone during busy times. He gets ticked off if someone is sitting on a machine (NOT using it) and texting on their phone when he wants to USE the machine. I told him he should report that to the staff there, but he doesn't want to be THAT guy who complains about everything. I still don't know why that wouldn't be against gym rules. There are benches around the gym if people want to sit and text.

I would like to go early because I leave for work before 6:00am. After work, I'm tired and just want to go home. If I went after work and had to WAIT for machines to open up, I don't think I would go. That change in hours at that nearby gym was a deal killer for me.

arsenicjade From: arsenicjade Date: August 28th, 2017 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Ftr, that is, in fact, a great deal.

Fwiw, if any of the gyms have either tai chi or low-impact yoga classes, you might want to check them out. They're good for mobility and helping you feel more at home in your own body. Also, they tend to help with anxiety.
turps33 From: turps33 Date: September 23rd, 2017 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Ftr, that is, in fact, a great deal.

I have to admit, I remain proud of myself for joining and actually going.

You know, I used to do tai chi way back in the day. I'm not sure if they do those classes at the gym, but they do do low impact yoga. You're the second person to recommend that, so it's on my future list for sure.
arsenicjade From: arsenicjade Date: October 9th, 2017 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to try Tai Chi this week, hopefully. I am excite.
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