I was pretty active when I was younger; exercising a few times a week, having a gym membership where I did yoga, pole, and circus-style workouts, and always running around. For the last few years, however, I’ve slowed down on workouts and activity. So, I decided to join The Queer Gym!
Gains, Gains, Gains
Recently, I’ve gained weight. For those who have known me for a long time, or even have seen pictures from a few years ago, this may sound surprising. For most of my life, I struggled with gaining and maintaining weight. I had a high metabolism and was a picky eater with digestive issues, which meant I did not eat a lot and burned off the calories quickly.
I’m not sure if my metabolism finally started to slow down with age, my less active lifestyle allowed me to pack on weight, or other factors are at play, but I found myself going from a size 0 to a 2 and now a 4. I never imagined a time where I would weight over 100 lbs–my goal weight was to reach 90, and I cruised right on past it.
So, I started exercising and working out again to build my strength and feel better. I joined The Queer Gym because it was LGBT-friendly, offered virtual classes, and came with coaching plus nutrition guidance. Getting back to the grind is exciting. I can’t wait to get my abs back and feel better about my body!
Join me on my fitness journey! Everyone’s body is different, and each person will have a different plan based on their goals and genetics. What works for me may not work for others, and vice versa. Having a coach can help you find the right pieces of the puzzle.
The Benefits of Exercising
Not only does exercising release endorphins to reduce stress, but it can also improve sleep quality and your overall quality of life. Simple exercises like yoga or jogging can help to make you feel healthier. When combined with good nutrition and eating habits, you can start to see improvements in your mood and general health.
Of course, you should consult with a medical practitioner to determine what kind of exercises and diet are best suited to your needs. One of the reasons I joined a gym was because they had coaches that are also nutritionists, so not only could they track my workout schedule, but they also make sure I’m eating right.
What are your favorite exercises? Do you prefer working out at a gym or at home? Let me know where you’re at with your own fitness journey in the comments!