We're nearing the end of January, which means most "I want to get into shape this year" types are reconsidering that resolution. Stick with it. Exercising's a great way to stay warm in the colder months and come spring you'll be grateful for all the work you did.
But if you're newish to the gym, here are a few tips:
- Put weights back where they belong. And whatever you do, don't leave them teetering on the edge of benches waiting to fall onto my big toe. It's happened.
- On a related note, keep the grunting to a minimum. It's distracting and - if you grunt just as I'm about to lift something myself - potentially dangerous.
- If you're new to an exercise class, don't position yourself at the front. You'll feel - and look - like an idiot, and people behind you will be confused and pissed off.
- There's nothing grosser than getting onto a piece of equipment that's dripping with the last person's sweat. Take two seconds and wipe it down.
- That goes for exercise balls, too.
- Speaking of exercise balls, guys, don't parade around the change room without a towel. We all know you've got an enormous unit. Keep it to yourself.
- If you're at the fountain, look behind you before filling up that designer 2L jug you bought at lululemon. Some of us might just want a quick sip.
- No gum in the urinal. It's disgusting. And I know it's not your job, but imagine the poor dude at the end of the day who's got to pick it out.
- Limit your cellphone use if you're on a piece of equipment and someone's waiting.
- Oh, and cellphones in the change room? Every phone has a camera these days, and I'm sure we'd all love to show up on nakedlockerroompics.com.