Whenever I go, I have carry three items – car key, wallet and hand phone. Hand phone has become a must have item in our daily lives, including the time we are at the gym. It is a common scene in my gym to see people checking BlackBerry, replying text messages or talking on the phone. Nowadays, most phones are the music player too. So, seeing someone bringing the phone to gym does not mean that they will talk on the phone. May be they just use it as music player.
I bring my mobile phone with me in the gym and I do not put it in the locker. The convenience of being able to make a call from anywhere is good, but being on the receiving makes running from my various responsibilities almost impossible. However, I have few guidelines to get myself to follow in order not to distract others in the gym:
- I put my phone into silence mode. During my lift weighting workout, if I see it vibrating, depending on situation, I may complete that particular set first before I pick up the call. Otherwise, I leave it there.
- I will only pick up call which I deem important because it will distract my workout and others. I never sit at the bench or at other equipments while talking on the phone. I will walk away to the lobby or outside of the gym and answer that call. I do not like hogging the equipment while spending time on the phone. I also try not to distract others.
- Even if I have walked out, if it is just a casual chat and not important call, I will tell the caller I am in the gym and will call when I am done.
- Whenever I go to Yoga classes, I will not bring the phone at all with me. I am sure other will get annoyed in the class if my phone ringing. So, never bring your phone to Yoga classes.
I have seen people talking on the phone while walking slowly on the treadmill. Few have to go so slow on the elliptical bike and makes me wonder they are exercising or just doing mouth exercise. To make things worse, they do this during peak hours without knowing many people are waiting to use those machines too.
Some gyms have imposed no cell phone rule. So far, I have not come across any gym which has gone a step further by canceling membership if the rule is broken. Not yet. Other gyms have installed cellphone signal damper so that people will not get any line signal in the gym. I guess these gym are probably campus or community gym which money making from the membership is not high on the priority list. I doubt commercial gym will do that.
I know one gym prohibits mobile phone used in the locker room because of camera technology. But, that is another story.
Normally, I spend about 45 minutes to 1 hour at gym. I am thinking of having my phone in locker in near future while I am working out. After all, I just want to have a good workout to release stress and that period is not that long actually.
Look as if technology has made our lives easier, but at the same time, it can be a burden. I switch off my phone when I go to bed, but I know many don’t do that. One friend told me that he only does turn off his phone during funeral!
How about you, do you use your phones in the gym?
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