I do not have a proud athletic past. As longtime readers of my blog already know, gym classes were nightmarish for me. I didn't progress far in swimming lessons and, while it's never been definitively proven, it seems that my body is not designed to dive into a pool. I live with these realties.
Despite all of this, I started working out at a gym. I have not used a trainer and I do not take classes. For everyone's sake, it's better this way. I go to the gym a lot now and, as I learn about and experience the benefits of physical activity, I do not want to stop. It is very important for me to go to the gym.
At this point, it may appear I'm extolling the benefits of physical fitness and how everyone should work out. I'm not.
I won't tell someone else that they should work out or, really, do anything in particular. They are welcome to ask about something I do, and I love sharing my experiences, but I believe that people find their way, in their own time and do what they need to do. I question how much positive difference it makes to be be told by others - friends, family members, medical authorities, the media - what and what not to do.
People and their lives, their histories, are complex. If they are happy, if they are comfortable, if they are holding things together, they deserve praise. And then there are people's rebellious streaks (I have one of those), fears, beliefs and self-destructive tendencies. Simple words, information and believing we know best for others won't cut through. And that's o.k. We all have to find our own way. We all have our own paths to follow.
As I go about my little routine of going to the gym, I will not tell anyone else that they should go too. And I appreciate that no one is telling me a whole bunch of other ways in which I can improve my life. I know I might benefit from drinking less coffee. I'm just not there yet. And remember, I'm rebellious.
So, enjoy! Whatever it is you enjoy. But only if you want to and always at your own pace!