How Mun Started in Gym

This is a true story. To me, I will call it a revelation. I learn many of my lessons through the hard way.

I dare not claim myself to be the fitness expert. My definition of fitness goes beyond physical fitness. It includes nutrition which I have much to learn. In fact, mental fitness is important too, but let’s leave it out for now. Whether it is workouts or diet plans, keeping our weight in check and body in fit condition is imperative for good health.

Many of us take health for granted, especially when we were young. I was one too. Once started working, seldom I did any exercise. Fried food was a must in almost all my meals. Instead of breakfast, lunch was my first meal of the day.

Never appreciate the importance of health until I was sick during an assignment overseas. I remembered that I was having terrible fever for few days. Running nose and sore throat came at the same time. Lost my appetite too. Body temperature was high during that three days. Three days seemed to be three weeks for me. Though I have finally recovered, things did not improve.


My health got worse. I fell sick once every three months. I was so weak. Body weight was going down. The worst moment was when my weight has dropped…

Dropped all the way below 50 kilogram.

It was early of year 2003.

I knew that I have given myself too many excuses of not exercising. It was time to make a change. Enough is enough.

So, I signed up for a one-year gym membership with Clark Hatch Fitness Center. I paid the fee in one lump sum and I told myself, “No turning back”.

I picked up the weight, the lightest I could find in the gym.

I put my feet on the treadmill, the easiest cardiovascular exercise in the gym and I started to run. The feeling was great and I slept well that night though with sore muscles.

It is not really a rocket science. Neither is a black magic. It is all about discipline.

Going to gym is the first step I took. I started with two sessions a week before sticking with 3 to 4 times a week.

At the mean time, I started to make sure to have at least 8 hours of sleep.

When comes to food, I no longer avoid vegetables and fruits.

Also, I drink enough water.

Time flies. One year. Two years. Three years.

Today, four years later, I am glad with my decision and I never look back.

I hope that you will learn from my mistakes. I have paid for the price and I will share my workout experience with you in this blog. I shall pen down what I know about the subject.

Hopefully, this blog will help you. Read it, with a pinch of salt, with sense of humor. Gym is the place where I regained what I lost – my health.

How about you, how you started in gym?