It’s a beautiful day

A great song to spin to early in the morning by U2.

I continue to spin — on a stationary bike, that is.

For the past 17 months, my neighbor and I have crawled out of bed for a 6 a.m. class three days a week at the health club a few turns from our houses. There have been missed classes, vacations, disruptions, but no matter. This has turned out to be my most committed and long-lasting attempt at exercise in years.

I was always a walker, but more for my head than my body. Now, I sweat and move from first, to second, to third in the dark, and love it.

6 reasons why it works for me

1. Like I said, we spin in the dark. (And I think no one can see me spazzing out.)

2. The club is minutes away from my house. It would be so much more difficult to stick with it if it were farther away.

3. The music is blaring and I can sing along without bothering anyone.

4. I’m not competing with anyone except myself.

5. The club membership is discounted by my company, which supports employee wellness efforts, and I enjoy taking advantage of this perk.

6. Spinners are a diverse bunch, so I fit in, no matter what my level or ability. And, from the looks of it, I can spin for many, many more years. And that’s a good thing.

Spinning encouraged me to buy myself a new bike, a step up from the clunky Huffy I had for years. I hope to get outdoors this summer and try some of the trails around Rhode Island.

I’ll let you know if I’m successful. Otherwise, I’ll be spinning in the dark — an apt metaphor for my life.


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