I’ve really started packing on some weight recently. I could blame it on all the restaurant reviews and over eating “because I have to” but that’s not the whole of it. On top of the eating is the copious amounts of wine with dinner and partying on the weekends … and the fact that I really just haven’t done a single second of exercise in 18 months. Add to that the fact that the past year has been probably the hardest of my life financially so I did a lot of comfort eating and drinking … well, any way you look at the problem, it just isn’t good.
Back in Spain I cared more about my body than I do here and my rear end is really starting to pay the price for my neglect! Here in India both men and women seem okay with us ladies having a few extra pounds on us. So for the past year, I’ve been slipping and slipping and, well, I’m done not feeling great about myself getting way too soft and out of shape.
So welcome to my little Getting Fit Diary! I figure that trying to get in shape again at the age of 42 in the gym at a 5-star luxury property in Bangalore should offer up a bit of material for my blog from time to time!
Today was Day 2 at my fabulous new gym. I checked out six gyms before deciding on mine. I would have liked to have joined one with a half of full Olympic sized pool but all my male friends told me that unless I wore something akin to a scuba suit that I should never go swimming. Turns out that men ogle and stare at women in swimming costumes here in Bangalore, even in a sporty environment like at the gym. Even my buddies who were telling me about the “other guys who stare” were describing certain women and their swimwear so obviously they check ‘em out too!
Gyms at the high end 5-star properties in Bangalore aren’t cheap and can cost up to about Rs. 120,000 per year ($2,200) but include access to their spa and pool. But since I don’t plan to use the pool to swim laps I opted for a spectacular gym that has a sauna and steam room and a kick-ass half-panoramic view of the city. But instead of overpaying for something that I have no intention of using, they only charge Rs. 40,000 ($740) per year for opting out of the pool access (for use of the pool as well the cost is Rs. 100,000). So score!
The Fitness Center at Oakwood Premier Prestige in UB City is amazing and my guess is that I will stay motivated there more than anywhere else. The fact that it is in UB City is a big plus in itself because lots of my meetings are held at Café Noir or any of the other fab restaurants.
As far as size, it’s not the biggest gym in Bangalore but it does have everything I need – free weights, a couple of rows of cardio equipment, machines, yoga classes. I love that the treadmills have built in media centers (because I am completely lame and don’t own any sort of MP3 player at the moment) so I can simply plug my headset into the treadmill and watch and hear movies, which TOTALLY distract me for 30 or 45 minutes while I’m on the machine. They even have a basket of headsets for guests who might need them. From what I hear, I think they are the only gym in town with personal trainers on staff from open ‘til close – one of whom is competing in the upcoming Mr. Karnataka body building competition. The members are a fun mix of expats and Indians, so at any time there are a few diverse languages being spoken all around the gym. It’s pretty cool. And I know I shouldn’t say it (and it probably shouldn’t matter) but there are really attractive men and women at my gym and that will definitely keep me motivated and pump up my workout!
And the best part of all? It’s the view of Bangalore from the 12th floor of a UB City tower. It truly is breath-taking and in my opinion it offers up the most amazing VIEWS of any gym in the city. The GM of Oakwood raves about the sunrises from the gym so next week I’m going to head over before 6:30am to experience it. Who knows, maybe it will be worth the insanely early alarm going off?
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