Well it’s my 5th blog post since deciding (being encouraged by my wife) to contribute here, and I’m feeling
pretty very good about things. I guarantee it’s not the New Year buzz that fizzles for 99% of Americans who make resolutions to get in shape. I’m just getting warmed up.
I got home last night from a fun session of racquetball, and I just felt good – the feeling you get after exercise, and you’re in a good mood. The feeling that I took for granted for about 28 years of my life, and now I realize is so crucial to my health and happiness.
The weather on the Cape has been pretty mild, and I’ve been able to get in some good mountain bike rides each week. It finally got cold and snowed a bit yesterday, but hopefully I’ll still ride this weekend. I REALLY need to sit down and plan some ski trips, I’ve just been so busy with work, kitchen renovation and… oh yeah, 3 kids. At least with the lunges and mountain biking, I should be more prepared for my first days on the ski slopes than I have in recent years.
This week I have plans to play racquetball with another person, so I’m pretty psyched about the prospect of playing more than once a week. It’s a really fun way to work out, it’s easy, and it’s pretty cheap. I just found out that the sports center in my town has racquetball for a lot less money than when I checked them out last year.
My friend and I were pleasantly surprised when we showed up at the front desk on Monday and the guy said, “That’ll be $12 total for the court.” This place is 3 minutes from my house, as opposed to about 15 minutes for the other one. Also they have one more court, and it’s in better shape–the floor is swept so that you don’t slip on the hardwood and risk pulling your groin. Something to look for in a racquetball court!
As we were leaving the gym, my friend and I noticed a large group warming up for soccer on the newly-built indoor turf field. I had heard that some of the tennis courts were removed to build the turf fields, and I was curious about what opportunities there would be to play soccer.
Seeing everyone playing really got me motivated to get back into shape. I’d love to play indoor soccer again; I haven’t played competitively since my 4 year old was born. We asked at the front desk about the league, and the guy was clueless. If I owned the place, I’d want my employees enthusiastic about the facility and its programs… or at least somewhat aware of them. Oh well; I’ll figure it out. First things first, get in shape with my current plan, then I’ll seriously look into joining a soccer league.
Stay tuned next week, and hopefully I can offer some advice, motivation, or inspiration, however small it is!
How is everyone else doing with finding time to work out? What is the biggest hurdle to getting on the path to your goals?