But it took a few weeks and nowwwww the hustle and bustle has begun. I am not annoyed with new gym goers. Not at all. In fact, being a resolutioner is something I know a lot about. Success can come from it, it does come from it, so I do smile a little when I see an obvious new face and someone who's at the start of their journey. I've been watching a few of the same faces at the gym (yes I'm a creeper apparently) over the last 7'ish months and I've seen some ladies REALLY change. They are faithfully chugging away in zumba week after week, trying new classes, changing their bodies. Part of me wants to go up and whisper to them, I notice. But I feel like that might just add to the creep-factor.
But I do. I notice and I see their hard work.
On Monday I put my kids in the childcare and they were only the 8th & 9th kid there. Within 45 minutes when I came to get them, they were up to numbers 49 & 50 (that doesn't mean 50 kids were in there at one time, but how many had come through, people pick up, etc) If anything, I'd say that's my least favorite part about the new year--not the crazy amount of people in my normal classes, not the lack of parking spots--but the extra busy childcare. I've been trying to sneak in at nights when I can leave the kids home or only bring one (usually Emeline since girl can hold her own). Because for some reason I do feel guilty when it's busy in there--I don't know. More germs to share or something.
Anyway. I really do welcome the new people with open arms. When I can tell someone is a little uncertain, seems confused, etc, I will ask them if it's their first time and help them set up/show them what to do, etc. Because I know it can be intimidating.
They'll all find their groove soon enough. And I hope they love it and have a good experience like I have.
Something that's been bothering me lately is the Gym vs. No-Gym (workout at home) thing. I know it's dumb....IT IS DUMB. I guess, I just feel annoyed by the fact that anyone even feels the need to bash one or the other. Obviously, in this day and age, you do not need a gym membership with access to amazing workouts from your phone, TV, heck, even circuit ideas on pinterest, etc. We all know that you do not Need with a capital N. And we all know it's not an excuse when you don't have a membership to say you can't be fit/get fit, etc, because helloooooo there are so many options you can do from home.
That being said, everyone has to do what works for them. The reason that joining a YMCA changed my lifestyle and workouts is because it's more than just a fitness center for me. In fact, I rarely step foot in the fitness center if I'm being honest. It's about the group classes, it's about the instructors pushing me, it's about them coming up to me, helping me perfect my form, watching others around me and knowing that I.can't.quit if they're not. It's about meeting friends there, and the accountability. It's about the childcare, that getting an hour a day to myself in this way actually improves my mental state. It's about the extra perks, the friday night babysitting and fun events our Y throws, the indoor pools and all that family stuff, too. And for the price we pay, you seriously cannot beat it. The perks far outweigh the money for us.
I get that it takes time to pack up my kids, to get myself ready, to get there in time--to unloading and reloading the car, etc. I get that the convenience of working out at home is hey!this takes less time! and that is a huge benefit. But for me, it isn't. I'd rather spend the time getting out of the house (now that I have that down to a science) and sweating it out at the gym.
My point here is this: one is not better than the other.
And you do what you have to do. What works for family, your lifestyle, your schedule with work and kids and home, with the way you prefer to be motivated, etc. It doesn't have to be such a thing. Workout at the gym, by yourself, in group classes, at home. Who cares.