Do you belong to a gym? I know a lot of folks who are and some are dedicated in going regularly.
As you know I fell back in October running on the sidewalk on my Florida vacation and I was scraped up pretty badly. My knee was extremely painful and swollen most days, and I went to the doctors after 2 ½ weeks of not running or any exercise. He diagnosed it a very badly bruised knee cap, which was causing a lot of swelling around the tendons around the cap. He said it would take 8 weeks for healing, I was not happy about this news, so I told him “I will only wait 8 weeks if it still hurts”. He grinned at me and told me to start walking slowly at my 3 week mark and then increase the speed at the 4 week mark. From there it is up to me what I think I can do.
Well, I decided it was time to run again. My knee felt good, but my knee muscles and right leg were weaker, so I had to play it smart. I chose to start going to the gym and only run on the treadmill for a while. I am not so confident running anymore outside, but I sure wish I could. I love the fresh air and the sunshine when it is out.
The gym I go to has on the first floor in one section the machines and racket ball courts, in the very back there is the weight lifting area. Then on the second level overlooking both environments are the cardio machines (elliptical, treadmill and cycles).
|Me after running on treadmill|
What I started noticing while running and watching people is so many of them just sit on the equipment. That's right I said sit. They are like on a break or something and they haven't even started sweating yet. However, when you look back to where the men and women are that are “lifting weights” the what I like to call “muscle head” area there is no resting! These people mean business. They are there for a reason they have a purpose. I am the same way, you won't see me sitting on a machine and scanning my phone or watching others. You will find me running upstairs sweating profusciously with a red face concentrating on my run, staying focused.
I think I am writing about this because it bothers me to see people not having a purpose. Granted I am glad these people are there that means they are making an effort to get in shape, but sitting and not sweating isn't going to get you closer to your goal. Have a purpose when you workout whether its at home or gym. You will find that having a purpose and focusing on your workout rather than being distracted you will have much better results.
Have you ever noticed this while at the gym?
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