Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe – Treadmill 2017

Illustrator, Cork
Treadmill – Illustrator, Maeve O’Keeffe

Spring is here, the days are getting longer, putting a pep in our step.  All good but what to do if you’re still struggling with excess Christmas weight?  Exercise is the obvious answer.  With a plethora of fitness classes, ‘Operation Transformation’ or the outdoor gym equipment by Glounthaune Playground, there’s surely no excuse?  A friend asks me to join her in trying out a gym.

I must admit I feel self-conscious in my mismatched tracksuit alongside the toned, lycra-clad clientele.  The bike and rowing machines are fine.  I then try the treadmill, apprehensively stepping on to read the instructions.  ‘Attach safety clips to clothing.’  Done.  There’s a cautionary note:  “To avoid injury, stand on side rails before starting treadmill.”  OK, safety first.

I examine the programs printed on the display panel: Manual, Muscle Toner, Fat Burner – oh, I like the sound of that.  Let’s kill those carbs!  I enthusiastically turn on the machine.  The conveyer belt moves and I wobble with it, hanging onto the handrails for dear life.  I’m half walking/running, desperately trying to keep up.  My stomach lurches like I’m on an erratic roller coaster.  I just can’t get the rhythm and nearly break my neck trying to stagger off.

So much for high-tech machines!  It’s easier to walk the roads – maybe even pick up a bit of litter.  At least I won’t fall flat on my face.  A few small steps is a giant leap for this frazzled mammy, trying to turn a new leaf!

©Maeve O’Keeffe 2017 

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