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Old 10th Jan 2017, 22:25   #1 (permalink)
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Health/Fitness Clubs

Here's an idea...instead of paying for the memberships and traipsing off to the exercise machines in big soulless rooms filled with other leotard fashionistas - do some real physical work - get your exercise and get something actually done or built. Then go for a brisk walk and a nice lie down afterwards.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 09:55   #2 (permalink)
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Couldn't agree more. There's great pleasure sitting down with a beer, with a pleasant tiredness, looking at a wall you've built, or a patio you've laid or whatever, thinking of the value you've added to your property and the money you've saved on the job and the gym subs.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 12:37   #3 (permalink)
 
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I need to ask because I'm curious. Not that I don't agree but what exactly spurred off this slightly random rant?
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 12:41   #4 (permalink)
 
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As rants go, it was a very positive one. My man cave is currently off limits due to an op and I am missing it.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 13:31   #5 (permalink)
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Musing on the concept of paying to go somewhere to use machines that produce nothing other than some small modicum of fitness for the energy inputted by the individual, ignoring that that same energy could be used to also produce something other than a vanity sop.


(see also: Victorian prison workhouses - endless treadmills connected to nothing.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 20:22   #6 (permalink)
 
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It's a great scam, drive there in your car, walk or run on a machine (with a TV screen of course), drive home in your car.
Cost - generally in the region of 40 a month.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 20:37   #7 (permalink)
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There has been a shake-up in our 'Leisure Centre' subscriptions.
Apparently there were members who were paying a quarter of what others were paying (for the same benefits) and, now that the local authority have removed the subsidy, the facility must 'pay its way'.

Rumours that many members 'can no longer afford' membership have been countered by the management who claim the largest ever surge of applications.

Who knows what the next year will bring?
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 21:13   #8 (permalink)

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I've never understood the concept of driving to the gym to get some exercise.


I'd much rather get the same exercise by cycling to the pub. Cheaper, too.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 21:34   #9 (permalink)
 
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"They" say that for each hour of exercise, you live an hour longer.
So there is zero net gain from an hour spent in the gym.
But every day I spend on the hills is a BONUS day!
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 21:52   #10 (permalink)

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"They" say that for each hour of exercise, you live an hour longer.
So there is zero net gain from an hour spent in the gym.
Hence the cycling - you can profit if you would have made the journey anyway by other means. If you spend an hour cycling a journey that would otherwise take you 30 minutes to drive (eg my commute) you take 30 minutes longer but gain an hour's life, for an overall gain of 30 minutes which you can spend doing other stuff.

Your day in the hills is free, agreed, but doesn't deliver that profit ... OTOH it's probably more fun in itself than my bike ride home from work.

(This is all "within limits", of course. If you cycle 24/7 you won't live forever, you'll die of cycling 24/7.)
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 22:31   #11 (permalink)
 
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That reminds me, I didn't go to the gym yesterday, in fact the last time was when I was in the RAF in 1959. 80yrs old this year and hoping to reach old age.
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 23:30   #12 (permalink)
 
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And for those who complain about new gym bunnies in the new year we hate you over xmas from a pub regular
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Old 12th Jan 2017, 13:13   #13 (permalink)

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Mate of mine was always complaining about the difficulties he had parking near the gym. I suggested he run to the gym and back thereby saving the gym membership, petrol costs, parking fees etc. He got quite huffy about it.
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Also try swabbing a typical piece of gym equipment and culture in a petri dish. See what you get after a couple of days.
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Old 12th Jan 2017, 22:05   #15 (permalink)
 
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I'm surprised that Pruners even need to go to the gym what with all the jumping to conclusions, running people down and flying off the handle etc etc!

We had a guy at work who got done for parking illegally, actually on the pavement outside the gym. What was dumb was the gym was not more than 300 yards from his digs, what was dumber was that the gym was next door to the cop shop!
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Old 12th Jan 2017, 22:33   #16 (permalink)
 
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Got my 6 month membership free with my heart attack. Always amazed that the parked cars were clustered around the entrance doors much like a supermarket. I asked one of the instructors about this and he had tried to post "Heart healthy parking signs" some distance form the door. Not allowed!

After an excellent landing etc...
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To be fair, many sports are impractical to play without specific courts/fields and other equipment that may not be found near where you live. Hence the need to drive somewhere.
I drive ~4 miles to a field 2-3 times per week to play Ultimate Frisbee (which I find a very enjoyable to get some exercise).
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Old 13th Jan 2017, 07:46   #18 (permalink)
 
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Also try swabbing a typical piece of gym equipment and culture in a petri dish. See what you get after a couple of days.
As opposed to gardening equipment and materials say. My parents, keen gardeners, made sure they were up to date with tetanus boosters.
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Old 13th Jan 2017, 12:30   #20 (permalink)
 
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A hot nympho a few times a day would keep the heart and other parts in great working order.
But the gym is needed to get in sufficiently good shape to hook the nympho in the first place.
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