While at the gym last night I realized something and began to draw conclusions. Of course, I conduct this “drawing of conclusions” while exercising; at the same time, I jotted my ideas down on my ipod touch calendar. I must say: it comes in handy.

From The Calendar:

I think people who exercise, for example: on the elliptical and put their resistance level at 1, and seem amazed (noted in their facial expressions and how quickly and ferociously they move) by how “easy” working out is; to be funny. I also find them rather pathetic because of their state of willingness to deceive themselves. It is only a matter of deductive reasoning: if your resistance is at 1 (the bare minimum) why would exercising not seem like a breeze?

This was not the first time I had noted the discrepancy in my fellow avid gym-goers. Bare in mind that I am fully aware some people have knee problems (I happen to have, well possibly have, a problem with my right knee due to its constant desire to lock and, having locked as I went to grab a basketball and causing me to fall, is at times worrisome. I take care of it and gradually approach the task of “running” although “gradually” is not my personal preference) and so I understand that for some level “1” is where they begin, but after 5 months, why not move up?

And in a flash, I began to wonder: does your attitude at the gym, reflect your attitude towards/in life?

Are those who find exercising at the bare resistance also likely to be those who are okay with just barely passing an exam, a class, or accept a job that will provide them with “just what [they] need”? And if the gym does reflect ones relationship towards ones life, where does that leave me?

Am I destined to become ever so distracted (as evident by the location from which this post originated) and to push myself till the equivalent of whatever having a sore body is in life? While my questions seem to hold a hint of concern, I am okay with distraction and pushing myself till I accomplish a sore body being my reality. I rather feel the burn and know my body got a workout than feel nothing an hope/think/assume my body got a workout.

I am still interested in discovering whether a connection exists and will now proceed to Googling phrases, relating to my observations, in hope that useful information will reach the top of Googles click-based link hierarchy.

Google Result…

I took a quiz: “The 8 Colors of Fitness”. Your personality reflects your attitude when it comes to exercising (ergo: the gym) and being that your personality also reflects your actions in daily life, it is established that there is a correlation/relationship between ones workout routine and life perspective.

I am “Quick Silver, Masters of Exercise Disguise”:

Motivation, Approach, and Focus

Energized by new ideas and possibilities, Silvers eagerly embrace novel concepts and respond to a world of opportunity. Silvers find little that doesn’t interest them. They’re quick to see connections and build on ideas. Silvers enjoy being with people who share their enthusiasm and can contribute to their projects and activities. With so many interests, exercise for its own sake can be boring. It’s best when taken out of the context of pure exercise and wrapped in the guise of something else, such as a challenge, adventure, and exploration, or spending time with people.

This holds true.

Active Silvers fall into one of two categories: Make it Central or Keep it Simple. When physical activity takes on a central role, there are likely several layers of experience and achievement to disguise pure exercise. For example, training for a marathon with a group, skiing or biking with friends, walking meetings with colleagues, or competitive ballroom dancing. In each case there are multiple enticements and hooks; they will get their exercise along the way. With their Intuitive natures, Silvers can naturally make the mind/body/soul connection and might be attracted to exercise with that as a component.

This is probably why I like to run and enjoy yoga.

For Make it Central Silvers with active friends and family, physical activity can become an operating principle in their lives. With so much of life organized around physical activity, positive momentum overpowers physical resistance. They approach their physically active lifestyle with enthusiasm and gusto, and rarely miss a day of exercise, even when it’s piled on top of an already full schedule.

This holds true: while I am not currently surrounded by physically active friends, I am always up for a hike. During my time in Florida I went to the gym everyday, the beach twice a week, the co-ops pool, because my sister-in-law, and more often than not, my brother kept quite active. It was when my sister-in-law and I shared most of our thoughts and pushed each other to new (for a lack of a better term) workout-limits.

For Silvers who do not make exercise central in their lives, they find exercise success by keeping activities uncomplicated, unremarkable, and easy to accomplish. The Keep it Simple Silvers might even become rigid in their program, in contrast to the flexible approach they apply to the rest of their lives, convinced that if they deviate from their routine—or try to improve on it and change it—it might fall apart. For Silvers whose interests often pull them in so many directions, many report that regular exercise makes them feel more balanced and in control of their lives.

This might be me now, it was certainly me a month ago. I got bored after two weeks and felt like working out was a drag, consequently I stopped going a little after two weeks.

Environment and Interpersonal Connections

Convenience is a must. The more decision points Silvers must navigate, the less appealing exercise becomes. Whether they belong to a fitness center, practice yoga, Tai Chi, or run in the park, Silvers don’t want to spend too much time in transition. Their schedules are tight and time is valuable. Convenience, after all, relates to flow—moving from one activity to another with little effort—much the way Silvers connect ideas.

Haha, this is so very true. I do like convenience. I will implement the creation of a little exercise room in my home once I settle on a location. Having a treadmill/elliptical, a yoga matte, and a few weights would be great!

A stimulating environment, connecting with people around training programs—possibly taking the lead in setting up a training schedule keeps interest high. With their busy lives, many Silvers also enjoy exercising alone, finding satisfaction and balance in reflection. A walk at night, a run along the bike path, or solo time at the gym provides an opportunity to be with their thoughts and clear their busy minds.

I typically exercise alone and do often use the time to reflect: reflection often occurs when I am taking time from another activity to exercise or something is really troubling me and I relax (exercise) and then reflect on the situation for the duration of my exercise session. I also create lists while I exercise. Actually, I create a lot of lists while I exercise. I wonder why.