We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I counted. There were 77 cars at my local gym this morning at 6:10 AM. Clearly, from the visible sweat, many people had been there since opening time, 5:00 AM.
Many Americans devote much energy into obtaining work where one can sit all day with no heavy lifting, and then get up early, renouncing wholesome morning sex or slumber to engage in unprofitable labor and exertion in the high-tech gyms. Do people do this in other countries? Are we insane?
About half the people at this place arrive in the morning with their work clothes or dress clothes in hand, on hangers. I see friends and neighbors every time I go.
What am I doing there? Mrs. BD insists that I remain vigorous. I love manual labor and playing sports, but I hate exercise. I am not overweight at all, so that's not an issue. Well, maybe 5 or 6 pounds. I can do heavy labor and tennis all weekend, happily, although happiest with my butt on a metal tractor seat with a cold one in my paws. On second thought, maybe happiest busting brush with dog and gun in Maine, Canada, or the Adirondacks. I dunno. Lots of things please me. Skiing too.
The sedentary work week is the issue, same as for bus drivers. Use it or lose it. That's my mantra, for now.
I would like it better if they had Teaching Company on the TVs instead of the FOX business channel.
What I've noticed is the new fad in exercise to core exercises and full body exercises. In contrast to years ago of working on a specific muscle group at a time. Current trends are mimicking manual labor, to think I was paid to toss 1000 hay bales a day!
Instead of just going through numbing exercises, try learning and practicing a new skill like oly lifting or the power lifting lifts. In addition to requiring learning technique and practice, these can be also be competitive and will improve flexibility, strength, endurance and reduce body fat. And all they required is a proper bar and plates, a bench and a rack for squats, no machines and other exotic apparatus.
Unfortunately most franchise type gyms are not set-up for this type of workout and the 'trainers' are mostly clueless.
I admit to driving to the gym. Why? Because there is too much traffic and no sidewalks, and I do not own a bicycle. I walk 5 days a week in my neighborhood before sunrise, and go to the gym to do weights and inclined treadmill or stair climber twice a week. (I live in a flat area so the stepper and inclined hot-walker keep me ready for the hills and stairs when I travel).