You might think people go to the gym to work out, improve their health, maybe even to socialize. Nowadays, they seem to go to text, maybe catch up on a little email. From college students to their grandparents, gym rats seem to spend more time on their apps than their abs.
Here is my short list of smart phone do’s and dont’s:
- No cameras in the locker room–ever. Save your salacious picture taking for the privacy of wherever you call home.
- No texting or reading your email while taking a break from your exercises (when you are sitting at the only leg press in the gym.) There are couches and chairs near the check-in desk for that. It’s bad enough to wait while someone finished their umpteenth set of reps. We shouldn’t have to wait for you to text too.
- Go outside if you have to take or make that phone call. Between the sports and news pundits on the competing televisions, the music being blared for all to share, the thuds of free weights being dropped, and every day conversations, gyms are already noisy enough.
- Do listen to whatever type of music you enjoy on you smart phone play list, especially if you treat yourself (and the your temporary neighbors) to a good set of headphones or earbuds.
- Disconnect from your electronic life support for however long you are in the gym (the exception being Rule 4.
I’ll thank you the next time I see you at the gym. (I’ll bet I won’t be the only one who appreciates what you are trying to do.)