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Know your natural habitat

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

When we were at school my sister and I could never do homework in the same room. I need as close to complete silence as it’s possible to get, so I can focus my whole mind on the task. My sister needs her favourite TV programme running, her ipod on and her phone at hand to text and call her friends every five minutes.
If I had those distractions I would never have passed because I can’t think in all the noise, but my sister would have failed if she had to work without them. We both had our own ‘natural habitat’ in which we could work effectively.

Just yesterday I learned my natural habitat for exercise: anywhere but the gym.
I went (even though it was gloriously sunny outside) because I needed to do my slow-paced run and I am still incapable of pacing myself without using the treadmill.
But when I got there all the treadmills were already occupied, so I jumped on the elliptical until one of them became free. I was on that machine for 15 minutes and I never once pushed past 150 rpm. I was breathing a little harder than usual, but basically it was the equivalent of a nice stroll round the park.
Finally a treadmill space appeared and I jumped on it. Possibly a bad idea after the elliptical because having to lift and move my legs by myself suddenly seemed ten times harder. My lungs started to burn and I made the mistake of looking down at the timer. I’d only been running 2.5 minutes. Ugh. UUUGHHH! I managed to keep going for another 2.5, but then I made the mistake of taking a ‘walking break’.
Of course it turned into my cool down and I went home five minutes later feeling like the laziest gym-goer ever.

It’s not that I can’t do it – every Thursday I run for at least 5K with no breaks. There’s just something about that gym that stops me getting into the right state of mind for a serious exercise session.
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    I can get my walking done outdoors, but there are too many distractions slowing me down. I get a much better workout at the gym because I am focusing all my attention on the one thing -- not looking around at gardens and wonky road paint, or watching out for cars and dogs, or just being amused by my own shadow...

    And as for at-home workouts, sadly I do not have the discipline to make that happen. So I would say my natural habitat is the gym.
    1773 days ago
    You know I never thought about it like that. Very good observation. I always think of the gym as a luxury, but in reality, maybe I wouldn't really enjoy it that much. I love exercising outside in the elements. Thanks for your insight. Joann
    1775 days ago
    Sounds like your natural habitat is the great outdoors! Btw, how is the running group and your secret crush?

    I've never worked out in a gym. I could see myself going for classes, but not for the equipment. Outside works fine for brisk walks (of course I might be changing my tune when it's 90 degrees at 7 am!), and I have free weights, a light kettle bell, some resistance bands, and a butt-load of workout videos on my computer. That's all I need!
    1776 days ago
    I don't really like gyms. Only the group programs (Zumba, Latin etc). Well done for "listening" to your body and understanding your needs.

    1776 days ago
    I'm not sure I'm pro gym. Right now, I get my workouts in a dance studio and I love it so much more than the gym. I'm moving soon and I'm worried about having to leave my studio behind. Hopefully I can find another!
    1776 days ago
  • KAB7801
    I don't care for the unless it's raining
    1776 days ago
    Knowing where you do the best work is definitely important. I need the gym to get me away from from other distractions. It is my 'me' time.
    1776 days ago
    I agree. I couldn't exercise as well in a gym as I can at home. It's out of my comfort zone. emoticon
    1776 days ago
  • NKING1982
    I'm not a big fan of the gym either, i perfer to exercise outside or at home.
    1776 days ago
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