DON’T MISS OUT ON THE NON-EXERCISE OF EXERCISE

Completely switch gears and for a second think about exercise – but don’t think about the exercise.

Anything unusual happen recently at the gym or while you were running/walking? Overhear a juicy conversation? Any break-ups or make-ups? See any cute shirts or really ugly shoes? Has that really weird person been around? Did you make eye with someone interesting? Did you see someone you haven’t seen in awhile? Pick up any stock tips?

I’ll share – any hour of any day my gym is slammed with people except Sunday mornings. I’m usually out on my bike but due to weather had to regroup and jump on my steady-eddy elliptical machine to get my cardio fix. I counted 4 other people, all familiar but none more than gym-familiar. For some reason all of the TVs were tuned to the same channel that was showing a popular teen-movie from the 80s. Well, wouldn’t you know, the movie’s star, still looking great!, walked into the cardio area and began to set up at a machine. It was one of those surreal gym moments that have nothing to do with exercise but could only happen at a gym. We 5 commoners looked around at each other all smirking wondering what was going to happen next. Because of how the TVs face, the star had their back to the TVs for a good 2-3 minutes, which only cranked our anticipation. Finally, as we held our breath, the star turned around to get on their machine. Well, after taking a few seconds for the images to sink in the star burst out laughing then turned to the rest of and asked if anyone would mind if the channel was changed…

Another time, same gym but during a packed Pilates class, a different entertainment star let out a booming gasser while doing v-sits. Well, talk about a hush coming over a room – until the star got up to move in a thinly veiled (and failed) attempt to pin the blame on someone else. So weak! Funny, since then there is always a lot of room between their mat and the others…

I digress, but sometimes the exercise experience has nothing to do with the exercise itself – and that’s ok! Allow yourself to take the exercise experience in while you are exercising. After all, it doesn’t get much more human than the gym. Sometimes too human!…