The Gym, part 4

Went to the gym again today and focused on strength training machines instead of cardio, to get a baseline of how much I can comfortably lift (or pull or push) so when I go back on Wednesday for the two classes I signed up for, I'll at least have a starting idea of what I want and where I want to go, regarding a goal.

It's important to keep in mind a concrete goal, as you can effectively communicate it to others that are interested in helping you, and good to keep in mind that it's what you're going for. I have a friend a few years older than me, who has been into working out for a while, but I'm certain that I can get close to her look with patience and persistence while going through a long term strength training program. She's such a sweet person and looks wonderful, and her health and positivity seems so effortless. I know it isn't without effort of course, but she's made strength training a habit and part of her identity so that it's a task that she just completes. It's a priority and allows her to be the person she is and the person she wants to be.

I know that Tae Kwon Do helped me out during the year I was in that dojang (I have since moved out of the area so it's no longer an option) and it did more for my balance and self esteem than most anything. It kick started my interest in actually fixing my physical issues of shoulder and neck and hip and knees. Those areas are still a concern and I continue with the Physical Therapy exercises I acquired in 2018 with the desire to get rid of the shoulder pain and hip pain I was experiencing when I laid in one position too long during sleep, or carried too much weight in a bag or purse. I now have no issues with my hip when I sleep, and only mild issues with my shoulders. Knees and balance are continuing to get better, and I'm looking forward to adding strength training, not necessarily for the weight aspect, but for balance, form, and for strengthening controller muscles. It's one thing to lift a lot of weight with your momentum. It's an entirely other thing to very slowly set it down with controlled motion.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this can change me in a positive way. It'll be a good things!

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