Thursday, March 3, 2011
Rules for The Gym
As you probably know, if you read our blog very often, I regularly go to the gym. To me this means that unless I am out of town or sick, I am there six days out of seven. (I figure even God took a day off and He is in perfect shape and health.) The fact that I am in the gym so much means that I have had some time to develop rules that I think everyone should follow...
1. Clean your sweat off of the machines.
You would think that adults would understand this rule. The gym even provides antibacterial wipes to be used for this very purpose and yet, almost daily, I see someone--and not always a man--sweat all over a machine then leave it all wet and grimy. I keep a close watch on this..
2. Do not witness for the Lord on the cardio machines.
Now I know that some of you will think, "But you live in the Bible-Belt. You should expect this." And others may think one should share the gospel wherever the Holy Spirit leads. But I submit to you, that if you feel led to witness to a fellow gym-mate, you owe it to the rest of us to take your Roman Road conversation to a more private place. I love the Lord I would gladly give up some gym time to share my faith story with anyone who is interested but I think it is best done in a more conducive setting--maybe the gym entry way where there are tables and chairs.
3. Do NOT go to the gym sick.
Of course, this is closely related to Rule #1 since if you are sick, you will spread germs that the antibacterial wipes might not be able to take care of. This is really the rule that got this blog idea hopping around in my head. I sort of felt like maybe I could make it to the gym tonight(Thursday). I haven't been since Sunday. That is a long time for me these days, but then I had a coughing fit. I decided that perhaps the feeling like I could go workout was really a fake peppy feeling stemming from the massive amounts of medicine that I have been taking the last few days. Last spring when I had this same allergy trouble (Dang the Bradford Pear trees!!!) my doctor had to tell me not to go to the gym. The first visit she didn't tell me that. And since I was supposed to be working out every day, (remember I love structure and a rule) I just kept on going no matter how bad I felt. Amazingly enough, I didn't seem to get any better. So I went back to the doctor after a couple of weeks. I told her that after I worked out for an hour every night I really felt a lot sicker and just couldn't seem to get better. She looked pretty stunned and said, "You have been going to the gym as sick as you are?" To which I replied, "You didn't tell me not to go to." She died laughing and said she had never had to tell a patient that. She told me that usually her patients tended to say things like, "Well, my cat is sick so I really can't go to the gym." She told me that when I am sick my body needs all of its energy to heal itself so I should skip going to the gym. Then she said the words that made me love her forever! She said, "Oh, and you may need to eat more carbs because that supplies your body with quick fuel for healing as well." Gosh, I love my doctor!
I know this blog was about going to the gym but the subject on my mind is a speedy recovery so I am going to close with a question on that subject...
What is your best tip for a speedy recovery from allergy season?