(This started as a comment on 68ANNE's interesting blog.)
I'm about to give some advice that anyone should feel free to ignore, but before I do, I'd like to give some other advice that for 95% or more of the members, here, should not be ignored.
The “ironclad advice”? Try to get some exercise everyday. Do whatever you're capable of, but do it. 10 minutes, here, or there is better than nothing. And, do it wherever you're comfortable doing it.
Now, back to “our regularly scheduled program”.
Don't Worry About Who's Watching You During Your Workout!
After all, you're not exercising for them; you're doing it for you. You'll live longer and enjoy more of the time.
I do most of my workouts at the YMCA. It's a fantastic facility; it has enormous age, ethnic, lifestyle and performance diversity. Okay, I admit it; I'm an exercise/life voyeur. And, the Y, provides a very informative and entertaining "program". And, since I do lots of exercise from a floor mat or from a stationary seat on a bike, I have lots of opportunity for observation.
I love seeing the little kids trying to figure what to do, and finding novel uses for all kinds of things never intended (by adults) to be used the way the kids play with, on, and about them. Their ingenuity and ingenue'ness are phenomenally entertaining and endearing.
I love the moms with their babies, tots and preschoolers: pushing the strollers around the track; holding them on their hips when they fuss and continuing to push the stroller as they finish their workouts; keeping the strollers or buggies at the end of the treadmills or steppers, so they can watch them while they workout; helping the kids with the joint classes of "head shoulder knees and toes", etc. Many of these women do not now, or never will look like athletes, or models; but they get better -- visit by visit.
There are dads there to, but typically with older children -- 4 to 10 years old. They play with the kids – walking and running on the track; using the weights, or playing ball down in the gym with them.
Then, there are the old duffers, like me, in various stages of “succumbing to entropy”.
But, we keep at it.
As someone who has trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time, the most amazing people to me, are the middle-aged women who can ride the recumbent bike at 90 RPM and read their Kindle or Nook, at the same time. How is that possible? (I have never seen a guy do this; only women!)
Sure, there are the young guys showing off for the young girls. (That's part of the show too.) This is planet earth, after all. (Several of these clowns have done things which only have value on America's Funniest Videos. Decorum and topic prevents me from detailing their “adventures”.)
I enjoy the fit ones, as well, who I learn something from almost every visit. I enjoy watching the unfit ones (as I was at the start) overcome their deficit and get to it.
I love watching the older couples walk on the track -- hand in hand.
And, oh yes, on the one occasion that I was at the Y, at the opening on a weekday at 5:30 AM (!!!), the only other patrons were all women (exercising before work); and they were dedicated! They nearly trampled me on the stairs on the way up to the exercise machines. (I was only there to pick up my cell phone that I had left on one of the pieces of equipment, late the night before.)
I always feel more optimistic about humanity, after my workout.
Power (of fitness) to the people!
Wherever you do it, keep on doing it. And, don't worry about who's watching; you may be teaching them a needed lesson, or just making them feel better. I know you'll make yourself feel better!