Will Gym fix it for me?

As 2009 looms large, hands up if your New Year’s resolutions haven’t been realised?

Ah, failed New Year’s resolutions.  Hands up if this is also you?

Last New Year’s Eve, I made a promise to reduce my waist size from 39 inches down to 34 inches after stubbornly buying some new shorts that would only have fit me when I was thinner.  

Ten months on, it’s time for an update.  And, the news is bad, very bad…

The excuses fall neatly into valid: Life has been hectic at work and at home, with long hours and family commitments.  And, not so valid: My sofa is more comfortable than my saddle.   

Knowing that I’ll look a prize fool if my resolution fails, I’ve given my self a proverbial kick up the backside, with a cunning weight loss solution. And, strangely for a cyclist, it doesn't involve bicycles.

The solution came to me on the sofa.  Whilst hunting around in my wallet for the video shop card (I don’t just sit on the sofa, I do constructive things whilst there, you know!), I came across my rather unused gym membership card.  

Going to the gym tackles the valid excuse of not having enough free time.

  • Intensive short workouts (that are less time consuming) in the gym can equal more calorie burning than my ‘keeping up a chat’ lengthier cycling workouts.  
  • Gym work can also help with building core strength, thereby meaning I can cycle for longer, or at a greater intensity, as well, when I do get out on the bike.
  • And, for those with less time and a tighter budget, you can also do gym exercises at home

It’s beginning to pay off, too:

“I’ve lost a few pounds (weight, not just money!) in a couple of weeks already by going to the gym three times a week for half an hour.

Which is more than I can say from ten months seated on the mountain bike and sofa.

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