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Monday, June 04, 2007

Observations from the Work Gym

I have a pretty nice gym setup at work that I use most days. They have a C2 rower and a squat cage with 600lbs of weight, more than enough for me. They also have alot of the standard cardio equipment - ellipticals, treadmills, recumbent bikes, etc. Anyway, the humor actually arises outside of the gym. Several times per week, I'm walking out of the gym at the same time as someone else. Ninety-percent of the time, these someone elses walk out of the gym and straight to the elevator. I would guess that all of them are perfectly able-bodied considering that they have just come from using cardio equipment and lifting weights. And it's not that they all go directly to the elevator. They actually walk past a set of stairs to get to it! It makes me think of this picture. I wonder how many of these people also think that a workout has to be done in a gym. I always try to remember that it is the little things that get the job done. Whether you're starting a business, nurturing a relationship, or trying to stay in shape, every little thing you do (or don't do) helps. For those of us with desk jobs, taking the three flights of steps to our floor is an opportunity to get a bit of extra exercise, as is parking a bit farther away from Wal-Mart's door. It's not going to burn off a donut, but I bet that most of the people you see taking the steps also engage in many other healthful habits.