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ANARIE
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5/10/12 10:09 A

That's a disadvantage of living in a large city and with exercising at night. I rarely see the same people twice. My next-door neighbors smoke outdoors, so they see me leaving and we always say hi, but beyond that, there's really no socializing.

There is one lady at my community garden who is convinced that I lost all that weight by gardening! She would always say, "You're like an advertisement for the benefits of gardening!" I did once tell her, "Oh, I did a lot of other things, too," but I don't want to spoil it for her when she's so happy thinking that gardening did it.



KKKAREN
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5/10/12 9:24 A

I walk in a rural neighborhood and walk with my Dad everyday. We don't see any other people out running/walking very often. We always say hello when we do and we wave to the cars that pass us. I think it's a good thing.



OBIESMOM2
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5/10/12 9:12 A

it depends on the day. Sometimes I am focused and feeling anti-social. Sometimes I talk to everybody.

I know that when people have said something to me about admiring my determination and consistency at the gym, it gives me a boost. I'd love to pay that forward to somebody else.

There is a lady who walks the outside track at the Y. She's been out there just about every day for well over a year. She's amazing! Even though I see her all the time, I can tell how much she's progressed. I've said, "lookin' good!" and little things like that in passing.

I do have a tendency to cheer on runners whenever I see them (5 or 6 years as a race volunteer will do that to you!)



JANIEWWJD
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5/10/12 12:21 A

That's a very positive thing to do.



MANDIETERRIER1
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5/9/12 9:34 P

I am always really friendly with my neighbors. I walk my dog twice a day. I never talk to them about fitness though, I would think that would be weird.



MOUNTAINGIRL41
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5/9/12 9:12 P

I talk to anyone, anytime but certainly greet all my neighbors with a hearty "Hello!" Even when I am not feeling cheerful, being friendly always cheers me up. I think most people appreciate a little bit of friendliness -- as long as you don't slow them down while they are exercising! ;)



SUZZQ4LIFE
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5/9/12 7:53 P

I live in a 14 home rural development and I talk to our neighbors who walk either by themselves or with their dogs. We are a very friendly neighborhool but there are also times when the individuals like the peace and quiet and the privacy of our development.



SHERRIE59
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5/9/12 7:47 P

I don't interact with neighbours about fitness because they are all pretentious



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/9/12 7:24 P

I'm always friendly with the folks in my neighborhood. Both at the gym, and around the area when I'm walking. I've found, though, that some people are simply too-into their workouts to talk to. There's one lady at my gym who really impresses me. She's always there when I am, and she tackles the HARD stuff, like the stair climber and the elliptical on high intensity. But she's always so focused, I haven't been able to talk to her.

I have definitely said something when I notice people making progress! One lady who used to be enormous has started walking down my street (she started walking on the main street, works at the nursing home on my street) with her patients... I stopped her and told her I'd been admiring her for years!


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SLENDERELLA61
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5/9/12 6:06 P

It's great to meet other people in the neighborhood who exercise regularly. Definitely has been a positive for me. Occasionally neighbors stop me when I'm walking to talk, but most of the time I can get them to walk with me. Encouraging each other is great, too!



**RENEE**
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5/9/12 5:41 P

I regularly walk in my neighborhood, so faces are becoming more familiar and I try to say "Hi" to any folks I pass who are also walking/running or who are working in their yards. There have even been times when my DH and I ended our evening walk with a neighbor and her dog, and it's nice to be friendly and be able to address her and the dog by name when we see them now. There is an older gentleman who has been walking in the neighborhood during the day for months. I usually see him when I am passing by in my car or when he is too far away to greet. Each time I see him, I always give him a mental congratulations because he is so diligent and consistent. It's really inspiring to see him working away at getting healthy, and he has noticably lost weight. Last night on my walk, he was out and jogging at a slow pace! I was so excited for this guy that I don't even know and have never spoken to. My DH and I said "Hi," but he had on headphones and did not seem to hear us. Given the opportunity, I will likely feel compelled to open my big mouth and let him know how encouraging it has been for me to see him working out in the neighborhood, but I also know that could be intrusive and creepy coming from a stranger out of the blue.

What do you think? Have you ever complimented a neighborhood workout warrior or struck up a conversation with a neighbor you didn't know well because you just happen to be out walking or running at the same time?

Edited by: **RENEE** at: 5/9/2012 (17:42)


 
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