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- Authors: Kat T. Masen
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It’s day two of my mission to create balance in my life.
I made the mistake of reading this article about living the best life
possible and why our bodies need self-care. I run every second day or so,
but according to this journalist, being a member of a gym motivates you to
work out and increases social activity.
Two areas I’m failing at miserably.
Standing here in front of this machine with two handles side-by-side and
a chair meant for sitting, I’m dumbfounded. I assume you pull the handles
together which works your arms.
Placing my towel on the bench, I take a seat and latch onto the handles,
reining them in. The handles don’t budge, making me look stupid for even
And this is why I don’t do machines.
Or the gym.
Frustrated and barely breaking a sweat, I step away and walk toward the
cross-trainers. This can’t be too difficult. There are five cross trainers, and
three of them are taken. A young guy is going hard, sweating profusely with
no towel in sight to wipe his dripping forehead. A girl, attractive with cute
workout wear, is beside him with a cell in hand taking selfies.
Then there’s granny beside me. Gray permed hair cut short with a white
sweatband sitting on her head to hold it back. She wears an oversized
sweatsuit in baby pink, made of that same material people wear when
parachuting off a plane.
Her speed is slow, yet consistent, looking easy enough for me to keep up
Flinging my towel over the rail and nestling my earphones into my ears,
I follow the instructions and press the button to start the machine. Okay,
move feet like walking and swing arms. Easy.
My body unwillingly moves too fast, whacking the front and forcing me
to grip tight not to fall off.
“Doll, are you all right?”
Great, granny feels sorry for me.
I hate the gym so much.
“Um, yeah. Just getting my bearings.”
“I’m Susan. I haven’t seen you around. New to the joint?”
Moving my feet slower this time, I gain momentum and try to hold this
“Charlie, but it’s short for Charlotte,” I tell her, coordinating my
movements. “Yes, first time here. I read this article, and I’m trying to be
nicer to my body, especially since I love anything carbs, donuts, you
know… the food that kills you.”
Susan smiles, nodding her head in agreement. “Doll, you look fantastic.
Let me tell you a story. I’ve got eight children and fifteen grandbabies. My
body has seen it all, carried a few ten pounders, too. But nothing, and I
mean nothing, can prepare you for being seventy-two and chasing little
ones around. That’s why I come here every morning.”
I have to give it to Susan, she doesn’t look in her seventies, early sixties
“I also heard that gyms are great for socializing. Look, Susan, it’s not
like I’m desperate to meet a guy, but you know… it’s kinda been a while,
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