So I went to the gym after work today.
It was my first time actually going to an actual gym, in all honesty. My family is fairly fit, but I was the one who wanted to join a gym due to the fact that my new job is more sitting behind a desk rather than being up and moving. Running around with dogs at a pets hotel or running away from crazy customers in retail were plenty of exercise for me, but now I spend most of my time staring at a computer doing stuff with numbers. A gym seemed to be the solution.
Being my first time at this gym, I thought I’d take it easy and just use an elliptical. I was all set with my water bottle and my headphones in my ear, and I stared at the monitor on the machine.
There was a television on the screen.
Seriously, I was able to scroll up and down to different channels and watch soap operas with subtitles (or, since I had headphones, I could have easily listened to how Liam was anxiously waiting for Josh to meet him somewhere instead of just reading about it).
I bypassed that, not too interested, and pressed the touch-screen for different options. There were the usual workouts that the machine could set up for you, but there was also a “courses” option.
The course I chose was Yosemite Park. That’s right, while using the elliptical, I was able to stare at a screen pretending that I was taking a leisurely hike through Yosemite.
I will admit, it was kind of cool to see that, and all sorts of trivia popped up on the screen once in a while (did you know that Lundy Lake in California was named after a sawmill owner that had lived in the area?), but staring at a screen hadn’t been my intention when I had decided to go to the gym. I did my best to concentrate more on my music, but the screen was obviously still staring at me in the face.
I had noticed earlier while glancing around that another woman was on the elliptical machines as well, and she had a book resting in the machine’s little nook next to her water bottle. Instead of walking and reading, she was staring at her phone. On a bike machine, more people were doing the same.
I think next time I go, I’ll try out one of the bike machines myself, but I’ll probably bring a book. After all, it’s what I used to do when I had taken the optional personal fitness courses in high school!