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Daily Prompt: Apply Yourself

Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.

I lead an active lifestyle, try to eat healthy vegetarian food, get regular rest, and have been able to adopt and learn as I go. However, I am horrible as a gym partner. I can find ten thousand things to do, other than go to the gym. Over the years I have joined private gyms, and city recreation facilities with a monthly pass. However after the first visit or two, I suddenly decide my bike needs a tune up, so I take it out to see what needs adjustment, or go buy a new pair of running shoes. It’s not that I don’t stay active, in Vancouver one of my favorite pastimes was to walk the seawall, starting at Science World, then along English Bay, around Stanley Park, then back past the Convention Centre to Crab Park, along Main Street to Chinatown, and stop at one of the local restaurants for a well deserved meal, without the preparation or clean up. In Edmonton I used to hike through the North Saskatchewan River Valley, from Downtown to Rundle Park then Back along the other side of the river to downtown. These trails allow you to forget you’re in a city. Go cycling to get my groceries, I’m there with basket attached.

However there’s the dark side to my fitness story. Every year about this time I decide I need to get into a gym, and work on that spare tire, tighten up the sagging chest muscles that have slipped to expand my waistline. Tighten up the glutes and abs, and perhaps finally get those bulging pectorals my genetics have so far denied me. I have done this solo, with a workout buddy, but the result is always the same, within a month, I am back to my normal non-gym-rat lifestyle. So being a regular gym user has and is a struggle for me, even though it would allow me to target a few deficiencies in my workouts, as in too much aerobic/cardio and not enough strength training.



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2 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Apply Yourself

  1. I think your way to be active sounds so much more fun than gym. Hiking and treating yourself with a nice meal after it. But of course this comes from non-gymmer too :D. I’m done beating myself up about it. What about gym alternatives like swimming?!

    • I don’t beat myself up over not going to the gym, sounds like they type of excercise I avoid 🙂
      Swimming is something I mainly do in the summer, but if theres a wave pool around I might be tempted.

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