Posts Tagged ‘Etiquette’

What the hock?!

February 20, 2011

Gross confession alert:  I am a spitter during outdoor exercise, especially in the pollen-filled springtime though I’m a year-round type of ejector.

While training for an upcoming half-marathon in Central Park, this morning’s 7-mile run produced more loogies than usual:  it was a bitter cold, windy, 22 degrees.  Since I’m training without headphones these days, I’ve been more aware of other runner’s habits and it turns out I’m not alone.  There were snot cannons every few yards!

Let’s ‘clear up’ this curious habit:  according to the Mayo Clinic’s website, we produce one to two quarts of saliva per day!  It seems crazy to think that since swallowing is a natural and unconscious act, we don’t even notice!  Additionally, seasonal allergies produce extra phlem, as does dehydration levels and the body’s cooling mechanisms.  Should we be getting rid of this slimy substance which is composed of protein, electrolytes and water?  Or should we ingest it?

I’ve been a disgusted victim of someone else’s snot rocket in my face:  not pleasant.  Even though it’s poor etiquette, if you must eject your boogers, look over your shoulder not once, but twice.  If it’s clear, move over to the curb and discard of the sludge in the grass or shoulder of the trail.  A little precaution will save you from embarrassment or angry confrontation.

Hanging on for dear life

December 8, 2010

In the gym, have you ever noticed the dude on the treadmill with the incline crazy-jacked all the way up to the max?  He’s white-knuckling the top of the machine for dear life!  I can’t help but do a ‘gawker slowdown’ as I pass by…all I wanna do is pull the damn electrical cord out of the wall!  What’s he doing?!  Certainly more harm than good, and he’s not alone.

Ever see someone reading a magazine while running on the treadmill?  I have, and 4 minutes later they were sitting on the sidelines nursing a bruised elbow and ego.  How about the chick on the recumbent bike going so slow she might as well be asleep?  My favorite is the person on the elliptical hunched over her arms, legs going round and round 10 miles a minute.  What’s up with that?

If you’re going to spend time in the gym, make it matter.  Pay attention.  If it feels like cheating, IT IS!

Holding on to cardio machines such as a treadmill, stepmill or propping yourself up to move your legs on a stairmaster does the body bad.  Clearly the intensity level is set above your own level of fitness and injury is definitely in your future.  In the gym, poor posture, a tense neck or locked elbows with shoulders elevated will land you in the physical therapist’s office or worse!  My advice?  Simply take the intensity down to a manageable level and work your way up.   Train in the gym how you want to be in life:  with good posture, a strong core and great balance.

Quit Smoking. Now.

December 7, 2010

When I take a yoga class, I truly try to shut off and focus on my breathing, posture, alignment and sense of self.  Today, I had the most frustrating experience.  Most of you know that I have a big nose.  And it works.  Really well.  After we said our initial “Om’s” and were inhaling/exhaling into downward facing dog, I noticed the rank stench of stale cigarette breath.  Oof.  The woman next to me must have puffed down a cigarette right before class!  I couldn’t believe  how distracting it was for me!

Nevermind, I made it through class by digging really deep to find my concentration…especially during warrior 3 pose.  I was reminded of a dear Facebook friend who has taken it upon herself to quit smoking.  I have to hand it to her for tackling such an arduous task during these (what can be) stressful weeks leading up to the holidays and not waiting for New Year’s to resolve to it!  Check out this awesome link …a recovery timetable of what happens to the body in the hours, days, weeks and years after butting out!

My Facebook friend is a week into her accomplishment, now trying to decide how to reward herself by polling her supporting friends.  Someone suggested taking up running, which really helped me when I quit smoking. I ran the Reservoir in Central Park every day:  the more time that passed between me and my last cigarette, the further, longer and harder I could run…8 years later I’m running marathons!

Below are some great ways to reward yourself when you take that brave step forward to ‘healthy living’:

  • Put the money you’d have spent each day into a ‘rewards account’.  Buy yourself something enviable, like a Louis Vuitton bag, a weekend trip to NYC or a day at the spa.
  • Join the Couch to 5K running phenomenon!  It could be the beginning of a new addiction!
  • Volunteer to help others quit!
  • Join the fight against tobacco lobbyists.
  • Donate money to the American Cancer Society every year you’re smoke-free.

Be like me and my Facebook friend.  Quit smoking today.