Usually once or twice a week, I would hog my parents Wii just to work out through Wii Fit Plus. Though it’s still a fun way to work out without spending membership fees to get fit in a sports club, I guess you could say that it got boring a little bit. Not just that, but I realized that the exercises were quite hard (especially the yoga and the strength training exercises) to just do them on the Wii board that it made me wonder if I was actually getting my body sculpted the way I wanted1 or if I’m actually controlling my sugar level through exercise the right way, that kind of thing.
I needed something a lot more interactive and eclectic, you could say. I also realized that it’s easy to get lazy when you’re at your home doing all these tasks that you should always be responsible and making a habit of it. As a diabetic, the guides stated that it’s now important for me to do exercise everyday for an hour a day. Staying home would definitely make you lazy, plus I feel that my legs are not as strong as it used to for me to ride my bike in long distances. I remember when I was in my teens that my brother and I used to ride through the Coyote Hills trail that can reach up at the high points where we could even see the view of the SF Bay on the way. Those were the good ol’ days. Now as we’re way past our 20s, we’re getting weaker and couldn’t do the usual outdoor things like we used to. Seriously, when I get my legs strong enough again I would go back to that wonderful trail and bike it again. It’s always a refreshing feeling you know.
So, while Mom is going through her first cycles of chemotherapy after her mastectomy a month ago, Dad decided for the two of us to finally get in shape and get strong again by joining the local sports club. Luckily it’s just a 2-block walking distance away from where I live so we can just walk there back and forth. Sadly we signed up when it was raining so we had to drive instead. Anyway, I was reluctant at first because I know how broke I am with the membership fees but Dad was willing to split it. The price for two adults for all access throughout the center is around $500, but because Dad is a city official (Parks and Rec Committee), we get 50% off. Apparently the membership fees are 50% off for city officials and their families. That includes the mayor, of course.
So far I’ve been completely worked out and sore, a lot more than what I get from playing Wii Fit (though I still love to play Wii Fit), but the classes are fun. I’ve already tried Yoga to Interval Blast to Fitness Boxing and even Zumba. I could see the rage behind Zumba and I really enjoyed the class. I’m not exactly the dancer type myself, but it was really easy to follow. Mom and Dad used to love to cha cha and I finally got the chance to learn some cha cha moves (as well as samba and merengue) thanks to Zumba. I’m definitely going to come back again, that’s for sure. I also took an “On the Ball” class, which is a very light but fun exercise class mostly designed for senior citizens and those post-injury individuals. I needed to freshen up since I was sore all over so this really helped.
I’ve been going to the sports club almost every day now. I didn’t go on Sunday because of church and all the classes were in the morning during church hours. I wanted to take Tai Chi (but it’s too dang early) and also Pilates. Maybe next time perhaps?
So, even if this isn’t exactly part of my New Year’s resolution, I’m doing this for myself and for my mom. Once Mom is finished with her chemo cycles (which is probably going to be early next year) for sure she’ll join me in working out together. Now that would be a lot of fun.
On the sidenote...
- I may have lost a lot of weight compared to my weight back in my 20s, but you don’t want to see my actual shape right now… [↩]