Weird – after going to the same gym every day, pretty much at the same time, you are making your way through your routine when all of a sudden a piece of equipment that’s never been on your radar comes into focus and if you didn’t know better calls out for you to use it. I said it was weird! Suddenly, as if drawn by some otherworldly power, you find yourself doing the (insert name)…and liking it…then wondering why you never noticed it before…

Contemporary life brings with it proliferating platforms that offer up inundating chunks of information. Smartphones, tablets, computers, crawlers within TV shows, ‘breaking news’ that may be breaking but is hardly news, and of course, the social media feeds we follow. Net/net, we are exposed to an endless stream of information that gone unchecked can overload our absorption quotient.

Streaming and the gym?

It’s ironic that information overload is now the chaos that finds respite in the venue of MOVEMENT. I doubt our exercise forefathers and mothers could have predicted going to the gym as an antidote to the mind clutter of crawlers, tickers, ‘likes,’ blogs and status updates. Yes, exercise has always been an ‘escape’ but more from the rigmarole than the rigor of information mental management.

Huh?

In our streaming life, we can’t let our inbox/status/new message guard down at the risk of being overwhelmed with a virtual pile of virtual information or countless downloads of the latest puppy videos, plural, gone viral. Sort of like cognitive dodge ball but requiring the agility and dexterity of a proficient gymnast more than the brute power of a fastball pitcher. Puppies are cute, but it can be exhausting playing information defense. Always on, not knowing what might come next, responding and deleting, but just as soon needing to do the same to the next wave. WHEW!…

…Which makes the routine of the gym comparatively comforting, soothing, calming, and appealing. NO surprise we savor grooving our routine into a nearly hypnotic trance-like experience of entering-walking to the same elliptical machine – using it for the same amount of time-followed by an ordered sequence of weight machines; except we risk motivation when our routine grooves into a rut and injury by tripping over pieces of equipment we never notice.

As for avoiding a rut, you know what to do – check out Iron Footprint Fitness. As for avoiding injury, hopefully the agility and dexterity from playing cognitive dodgeball transfers so if you do trip over a piece of equipment you can catch yourself before falling…