Wondering why I wrote about weather fitness is a healthy commitment or an addiction? Good question! And to be honest, it’s because I’m at the gym 6 days a week and want to find out if my commitment is an addiction. For this week I felt it would be logical to explain why I go the gym 6 days a week. What are my experiences and where did I come from?
Ever since I was little I have been busy with moving around.
I was your typical little blond girl who was going to be a princess when she grew up. So, surprise, surprise I took ballet classes. After some years I tried a year at a dance academy and decided that dancing was not going tobe my career. Sport was something you should do for fun, and I was absolutely not going to mix hobbies with career.
When I moved to Utrecht I quitted the dancing. The dancing schools were expensive and I felt like nobody could ever compete with my old dance teacher.
I subscribed at a gym with my sister, ended up to always go to the gym alone, and because weights looked too scary for me, I took group lessons. While I answered with ‘’naaaah, doesn’t seem as something I would do’’ to my friends question ‘’don’t you want to be a group lessons teacher?’’, I now teach six classes every week, with the biggest smile on my face. I’m shaking my hips at the Zumba classes, screaming at bootcamps and jumping around in the body-shape class.
So, now I am here with my ‘’sports is only for fun’’. I was totally wrong, how cool to have your hobby as a job?
Besides teaching the group lessons I work at the front desk, which basically means administrative work. But to be honestly, I just like to see that some people are at the gym every morning at 7 o’clock. I like the stories about their progress and It is fun to see their having fun.
It also makes it more easy for me, I started as your average ‘’I’ve never been in a gym and I don’t know how to use those weights’’ dummy. I had absolutely no clue, and thinking about how the hell I was even going to do an exercise properly made me sweat enough to take a shower right away. Luckily enough I now see hundreds of experienced people with a lot of knowledge walking in the gym almost every day.I help them out with questions about their monthly fees, they teach me to do a proper squat, dead lift or pull up.
‘’one you see results, It becomes an addiction’’ is one of our gyms slightly cheesy slogans, but it is true. In my opinion a result does not necessary losing weight, getting stronger or more toned. I am happy I got from not knowing what to do to being able to do a bunch of exercises, and apparently I like it so much I now spend 6 days in a week with those ‘’scary’’ weights.
‘’Addiction is a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. It can be thought of as a disease or biological process leading to such behaviors.’’
Is working out a compulsive engagement for me? I guess yes, on my day of not working out I feel a bit restless in the beginning, wondering if it is lazy of me not to go. Not going two days straight is even harder, but because I don’t want to experience adverse consequence I sometimes take a rest day. Conclusion? A half addiction; compulsive engagement but with overall positive consequences, because it certainly makes me feel better.