I always thought I hated the gym and I tried it once a few years ago and was bored stiff. When people used to say it was addictive I thought they were talking rubbish. So I gave up and started fun things like badminton, salsa dancing and Aikido.
Recently I decided to try it again, as there's a gym that's opened near my dojo, and I started going as a little warm up before Aikido just to do a bit of cardio to get the blood pumping. Now I can't get enough of it and I understand why it's addictive. I'm doing weights as well now and I'm spending at least an hour there before I go to Aikido. I am loving it! With all the house stress (it is all coming together the end is nearly nigh, yey :) I really look forward to it.
Today I did an hour at the gym and then an hour of Aikido doing jiyu-waza (which is constant throwing and falling) so a very full on session. It was great fun and it's the only time I haven't had to stop mid session to use my inhaler! So my fitness levels must be getting better, so I am getting addicted, and I need to be - I polished off four courses last night on my dinner date! :-/