That is this guy who likes to read in the gym. I see him reading when he is riding the stationary bike. I see him reading on the leg extension machine. Then, I find him reading on the stretching area. Don’t get me wrong. Reading is good.
I watch movie shown at the LCD screen too at the elliptical trainer. But, exercising casually, without even have a single sweat may defeat the purpose of working out.
That guy may have spent an hour on the bike while reading magazine. No doubt, it is good to kill two birds with one stone. But, I seldom see that person exercising like one who has exercised hard enough. What is the point of doing it longer if he does not seem like exercising. I rather focus on the quality than quantity. In other words, ride with passion and push yourself to the limit once a while. By doing this, instead of cycling casually for an hour, you just have to ride for shorter period, say 30 minutes, and go back home earlier to enjoy your books or magazines.
As for the guy I mentioned earlier, I feel annoyed when he hogs the leg extension machine. Every time he extends his legs once, he will pause to read, then extends another time and read for another page. When he is at the stretching area, he will lie down and read his book again after one set of crunch. May be he feel good to tell people, “Yeah, I was in the gym for 2 hours today.” His friends may say, “Wow, that’s great!” Only he knows that he spent one and half hour reading in the gym.
So, the next time, if you plan to read a book while you are riding the stationary bike, think about what I just share with you. Focus in what you do, enjoy it and sweat it out so that your time is actually better spent. We all like to see results of our hard work, so try out the method and see how it makes the difference. Let the reading being done in library and let’s exercise harder!
Category: Gym Going
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