How to Use a Gym

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  1. Tim Byron says:

    I agree with all of the above, apart from the part about treadmills.
    Walking on a treadmill is perfectly acceptable, that’s why they have walking speeds available. Some people are unable to run, but should still be free to use the machine. After all, they’re paying to use it.

  2. My friends and I have a joke about the gym: “Never forget that you’re not having fun.” It’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek way to say ‘don’t over do it’ and don’t be in there so long that it becomes overly tedious. I’ve been guilty of the sin of overdoing it. I’ll get back in the gym after Christmas Break/New Year’s/ Gorge-Myself-Like-Jabba-palooza and try to do the same work that I was doing.

    I get in there, lift my weights, and move on. Also, I’m not in there for long. If I end up spending over an hour in the gym I get so tired of being there and then start making excuses why I can’t fit in workout time. There’s no excuse for not having an extra 30min. Never forget you’re not having fun.

  3. Liz Gracey says:

    I agree with Tim about number 2. It also violates the excellent rule proposed in point 1. I see Josh’s point, we have all seen people who seem to be defeating the purpose of a workout, sitting on the bike reading People magazine. I used to make assumptions about them being lazy or wasting their time. Then I fell pregnant. During the first trimester, I happened to be so ill I slept 13 hours a day and vomited for each hour of sleep I received. I was exhausted to an extent I have never known before or since, and I speak as a person who has run multiple marathons and done a whole bunch of other extremely tiring things. Walking on the treadmill required a herculean effort, which was invisible to all the gym rats rolling their eyes at me, because I wasn’t yet showing. “People might have a reason for exercising the way they do.”

  4. Point number 2? Please see point number 1. Maybe someone’s recovering from an injury. Maybe someone has a chronic illness. Maybe someone’s following doctor’s orders. Walking is not a bad thing.

  5. Have to agree with the commenters before me. I’m young and look healthy, if a bit unfit, there were times right after I had surgery I wasn’t able to use public transport because I was weak and in pain. As I was recovering, walking on a treadmill would have been a great start when and if I had the energy.

    It’s not the end of the world that you wrote, sometimes we don’t see things from every perspective all at once. See of it as weights. We who walk on treadmills (without cellphones so we don’t annoy others around us) don’t care about impressing people, we’re trying to steadily improve.

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