I assume most gyms have motivational things on the walls. My gym has some nice ones like “Do something that future you will thank you for” and stuff like that.
It also has this piece of garbage.
I hate this. Not just because it’s shaming me into working out, which is counter-productive because I don’t respond well to that sort of behaviour (see also: reasons I would fail in the military), but also because it’s incorrect.
A one hour workout is a little over 4% of 24 hours. There aren’t 24 usable hours in a day unless you’re on speed. Let’s math this out.
24 hours, less 8 hours for sleep (16), less 8 hours for work (8), less 2 hours for commute (6), less 2 hours for meals and prep (4). That leaves you with 4 hours. 4 hours that are your own time to do whatever you want. A one hour workout is more like 25% of your personal time.
I can think of plenty of reasons to not dedicate 25% of your free time (not counting commute to/from the gym and showering after) to working out. Illness. Social engagements. Other hobbies. Exhaustion. Working late. Snowbound. Reasons to not work out.
I really do hate this. I know there are other people out there like me, who don’t respond well to being shamed or goaded into doing something. It’s this sort of rhetoric that actually makes me not want to visit the gym. I keep going because I like working out. I like how I feel afterward. I like that I’m being active and building strength. I like finding my muscles under the fat. I like stretching and lifting weights, cycling and elliptical.
I’m starting back at the gym after a month-long hibernation. It’s going well so far, but I remembered that this piece of wall “art” exists, and I needed to vent about it.