Chapter #2 - First Steps On a New Journey
Before COVID-19 broke across our state and nation, and health mandates were put in place, the Better U Program began in the gym. Lynne and her fellow participants took their first steps toward a heart-healthy lifestyle at Accelerate Sports Complex.
The first group workout was scheduled, and Lynne took it upon herself to go days in advance. “I walked the track and spent time on the bike and elliptical. I wanted to take some initiative and feel prepared.”
On gym day, the trainer was wonderful. He explained the exercises and kept them moving. They did short to moderate timed stints on the bike and rowing machine with interspersed laps on the stairs or held plank position. They had partners which Lynne said was helpful for encouragement and support. One thing that surprised Lynne and inspired her was the youth sports that take place at Accelerate Sports Complex, where she is attending the work outs. “Being at Accelerate, we see kids practicing and playing all kinds of sports which for me is inspiring,” Lynne said. “Children and adults of all ages are pursuing their passion and dreams. Their hard work and dedication is admirable. If they can do it, I can do it. I push harder and try to do a little more each time.” Lynne added, “The staff is incredible. They love what they do and it shows with every lesson and class. They’re professional and educated, and it is a privilege to use their sports complex facility.”
Lynne is dedicated and making the effort. She is going to the gym each night and completing daily routines. “First Source and the AHA believe in me and I want to do the best job. I don’t want to waste this opportunity,” Lynne added, “I’m learning the program, equipment, the nutrition and about myself. I’m taking the program seriously. It’s challenging and a little scary but exciting. I feel uplifted and motivated, and Iook forward to seeing how far we’ll progress and what we’ll all achieve. I’m sincerely grateful for this opportunity.”
We will be following Lynn on her health journey, and will be posting updates as this 10-week challenge progresses. Stay tuned for the next chapter of our Better U Program Series!