I have been to the gym every day since Sunday. I had not planned on it but why not, I’m not doing anything else. I spend thirty minutes on the treadmill and thirty minutes on the spin cycle. I walk away out of breath and with noodle legs. Today, while on the spin cycle, I must have hit the wrong program because just about the whole thirty minutes I was going uphill. According to my Fitbit, sixteen minutes my heart rate was above 140 beats per minute. About midway into the workout, I thought about quitting. My breathing was hard, I could tell my heart rate was up and my legs started burning. It was then I said to myself, I am not a wimp. I can do this. What I’m doing has got to be better than quitting. After I finished my workout on the cycle, what I felt next was amazing and I haven’t felt like that in quite some time. The fact that I didn’t quit made me feel great. I couldn’t breathe nor could I walk but I felt good inside because I didn’t quit. Tomorrow I work with the trainer for thirty minutes then I’ll get back on the treadmill and cycle again but this time a little less of a workout. My legs feel like they need to heal some.
I did not go to the gym today. I could have and if the truth is known I guess I should have. Since I’ve joined the gym on the 14th of February, I have been four days out of the last eight. I’ve been told not to overdo it. But what is overdoing it? I only work with the trainer for thirty minutes and then I hop on either the cycle or the treadmill for another thirty. Friday, I had gotten there thirty minutes early so I hopped on the cycle before my thirty-minute session with the trainer, then another thirty minutes on the treadmill afterward. Tomorrow I plan on doing thirty minutes on both the treadmill and the cycle and maybe some weights in between.
What is your opinion? How long should a workout last? As much money as I’m paying out I want to get my money’s worth. Also, and I know this is a loaded question, what sort of diet, if any, should I be on to maximize not only my weight loss but to help with getting my body in shape.