I was worried last week about getting into my normal weekly swimming routine (up to a consistent 15 laps on Tues and Thurs, hoping to add a few Sunday sessions in there). My fear, with all the media push at this time of year for everyone to “Repent from holiday eating/happiness by Beating Yourself Into Submission!” was that the swimming pool at my own gym would be packed. Happily it was not. I even got my own lane for the entire session on both days. Which made me wonder: well, where ARE the resolution-ers?
I asked the hubby, who spends his time on the Elliptical in the workout room, if things seemed really crowded there and his answer was also: nope! Now, it is possible that we are only missing out on the crowded feelings because we are able to go and get out before 5pm, when I assume it would normally begin to fill up. But I also wonder if some people ARE finally starting to look at all those damnable messages about “Hate Yourself! For Your Own Good! Exercise Is Punishment: Done only as penance for eating” and putting their mental foot down to say “No. Screw that. I’m going to do something different this year.” I’d like to think the later but have a feeling it may be a result of the former. Still, will we hear in a few months that the nation is in a decline of moral fiber because fewer people joined gyms (only to avoid using them after the first month)at the start of this year?
I’d be interested in knowing if that is the case or if, as I said may be the case, we’re just not seeing the January in-flux due to the time we’re able to get there on what I’d consider to be the less likely days (with the thought in mind that Monday tends to be that “I’m going to Improve Myself” day).
Any other gym-goers out there? What is your experience at the start of 2011? Are there floods of newbies? Are there so many people that a good read of this new (and quite fabulous) guide to making the gym not so scary might be beneficial for everyone? Or are you amongst the same folks as always?
*I wanted to post a pic of me in my swimsuit and goggles but realize I don’t have one yet! I will have to take one. This image is from a few years back (hence the hair long-enough for the ponytail) at a summer BBQ. I love badminton (so much so that I tried to start a team for our college) and with a coming storm promising FEET of snow tonight and tomorrow, I figured seeing a bit of green grass would be nice too!