I used to be fiercely competitive and constantly active. I've always been skinny, so it's never been about weight, it's just the amazing feeling you get when your heart rate starts to rise and you start to sweat. I love that. Somewhere in the last ten years, though, that drive has all but disappeared. A couple months every year I'll become determined to start exercising again, last year's trampoline resolution, for instance. It always ends the same way, though. Me preferring to take a nap when I get home, rather than work out.
Well the month of pointless determination is upon us! Today at lunch, I joined a gym. I know what you're thinking, "Georgia, I thought you hated gyms! Also, damn those jeans look good on you." Well you're right, and also thank you. But! This gym is different! Not only is it NOT a chain gym (which I fucking loath), but it has all these crazy amenities, and it's super cheap! Here are some things I'm excited about:
- There's a sauna, and a steam room, and a jacuzzi...IN the women's changing room!!! This means I get to lounge around naked with other women! Actually, that's kinda gross. I saw "bush" when I was touring the changing facilities. If that's not a friendly welcome, I don't know what is.
- I played racquetball for the first time at this gym with a friend who's a member a couple weeks back when I accompanied him as his "guest". Racquetball? I fucking love it. The best part though, is that the walls of the court? they MOVE! If you want to play squash instead of racquetball? you just press a button and the wall MOVES so you have the correct size court. WTF??? I have a feeling I'm going to spend the first half of my workout pressing the "move the wall" button and giggling incessantly.
- There's a running track on the roof! I'm sure I'll never use the track, as running isn't really my thing anymore, but just knowing that if I want to, I can do so on a roof makes me happy.
- It's so high tech, that at the end of every month you can get an email telling you how much you worked out that month and what areas you need to spend more time in! That sounds a little intrusive and Orwellian to me, but again, I like knowing it's there if I get the urge to make everything in my life public.
Anyway. Expect "before and after" photos of my fat-skinny self. I can't wait to see what I'll suddenly claim as my new workout routine next year. I'm thinking cross-country skiing? Or alligator wrestling? How about hula hooping!!!