I entered an alien world today. A foreign land. A place where I felt like I didn't fit in. It was the gym.
I was surrounded by all sorts of strange creatures. There were perky little housewives that come in groups of two or three. They stay mostly on the treadmills or ellipticals and don't stop talking to each other the whole time.
There are both males and females that know they have great looking bodies and parade around wanting others to notice. There was some mild flirting going on. There are the lone bodies who for the most part keep their eyes trained on the TV above them or a book or magazine in front of them. There are the super fit and those who obviously have a love affair with food - and everything in between.
As I am a people watcher, I walked on the treadmill and observed all that was going on around me. I felt out of place because I didn't have an I-Pod stapped to my bicep. I'm thinking that most people put those there because it draws attention to their well defined arm muscles.
I watched the weight machines in front of me in hopes that some day I would know how to use them. But I'll be honest, I'm intimidated by the group of large muscle men that seem to have claimed that area as their own.
I would have enjoyed watching one of the many TVs that hung in front of me but all that was on was sports. What's up with that? Maybe it's the time of day that I went, but there were plenty of women there and you'd think they would have something other than basketball, hockey, and CNN on. How about Regis and Kelly, or The View, or even the Price Is Right. Something to keep my mind off the exercise that I don't really want to be doing.
I haven't been to the gym for some time but am planning to make it a regular part of my life. I'm thinking I'll have to experiment with different times to go and I'll definitely be trying out different machines. There's more available now than there was a couple of years ago. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go buy an I-Pod arm band.
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