Three weeks ago I went to the gym for the first time in more than a year. Since then I've thought about going back, but life has been busy. Today there was nothing on my calendar, and when I went to bed last night I made sure I put exercise clothes where I would see them when I woke up.
After breakfast I googled the two closest branches of the gym to find out how long it would take to get to each. I couldn't decide which direction to head in, so I decided to check out the group class options at each. I wasn't planning on acting on the information, but when I saw that an instructor I liked was leading a class I liked at a time that worked for me my decision was made.
At the gym, I walked in the entrance-only door that had a large sign stating that face coverings were required at all times, scanned my card, and picked up a ticket that allowed me to attend the class.The group class room had large pieces of tape on the floor to indicate where the equipment for each person should go.There were several people already in the room already, all masked and socially distanced. I took a spot along one of the walls so I would have fewer people around me, but by the time the class started the room was filled almost to capacity and there was still plenty of distance between me and the people around me.
The class was Step, which involved stepping up, around, and down from a raised platform in different patterns. The step itself is four inches tall, but there is an option to add additional risers (each an additional four inches). I started off with one set of risers, but that was too much; halfway through the class I took them off. The class started five minutes late and ended five minutes early so people could disinfect their equipment. The instructor modified the moves so that we were always right next to our own step.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the class, I had underestimated how much
exercise it provided. I kept looking over at the clock and counting down
the minutes until the cool-down portion would start. At the end I was sweaty and winded. My mask was soaked from my heavy breathing, but I happy I made the time to take care of myself.