Becoming Active: A Teenage Perspective


After my last visit to the gym I was NOT willing to take another class. so my mom suggested that we should work out on the machines.


This was my chance to pick an easy workout, so I chose the elliptical.


Lets just say that I was not prepared for the workout that was soon to come. I mean it STARTED with the incline at 10 and resistance at 2.


I was fine for about two minutes, when I realized that this mechanical beast was going to torture me for a whole 30 minutes!


There was no turning back, my mother had already started cycling and I could not chicken out on the elliptical!


So despite my fear of death by workout machine, I jammed my earbuds in and began to pedal.


My goal was to pedal as fast as the beat of whatever song came on.


My favorite songs to pedal to were: “Irresistible”, “I Don’t Care”, and “Immortals” by Fall Out Boy. When these songs came on I literally started mouthing the words and everyone in the gym disappeared.   


Well, they all disappeared until the song ended.


As soon as I came out of work out wonderland, I became aware of the piercing stares that had been set on me for a little more than 2 and a half minutes and lets just say I felt SUPER awkward.


A couple days later I had become addicted to working out! The way it felt to have weakness leave the body and to push on even though it feels like your arms and legs are about to fall off.


Just the fact that I could finally walk up a flight of stairs without feeling exhausted at the top was enough for me, but I got so much more.


By the third week of exercise I was almost half way to my goal (the thigh gap goal) without even realizing it. In fact, I didn’t realize that I lost any weight or even inches until my mom pointed it out. All I knew was that I was feeling better than I did without working out and I was happy.


I feel like everyone wants to feel energetic, and deep down inside we all want to make ourselves better. So if you have someone in your life that says they are happy being a couch potato, tell them to read this blog.


I’ll be posting every monday about the gym experience and how becoming active has changed me.  


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