I have a confession to make. I think workout time is the best time to indulge in some harmless guilty pleasures. When I was working out at the YMCA, I really enjoyed catching up on a little bit of trashy reality TV since the treadmills had built-in televisions. I loved that! On treadmills without TVs however, I enjoy reading gossip mags when I get the chance. I don’t subscribe to any, but when the gym offers them, I shrug and grab one. Might as well, right?
I don’t normally indulge in these kinds of things. I like to try and keep my mind fresh with ideas and inspiration most of the time. I like to read more intelligent writing, but I figure if I’m doing something of virtue (exercising), and I’m able to multitask, I should allowed to indulge a little bit. I would never usually waste my time watching this type of show, but it’s not really wasting time if you’re running too. I’m always trying to push myself to be a better person, setting new goals, trying to improve, etc. I figure for all that work I’m allowed to give myself this one teensy chance to regress a little.
Be careful though, because multitasking on the treadmill could make you stumble and fall. I’m one of those people that can read and run at the same time, without holding the rails or compromising form. I don’t recommend trying it unless you can do the same.
What do you think? What are your guilty pleasures and how do you justify them? Any other gym confessions you’d like to share.