Summer’s too hot; you’d end with heat stroke.
Autumn? Those leaves? You’d slip, trip and croak.
Winter just sucks; you can’t work out then.
And in spring everything is an allergen.
[Photo courtesy of Taliesin at The Morgue File]
I loved the 5 good reasons to quit the gym post, but right now the gym sounds like a good idea. Or else I should stay home and exercise while watching old movies. (Maybe I should write a book: Fitness for movie buffs.)
I mean, if it weren’t hard enough going outside to work out when you’ve got to deal with the Birds, or the occasional case of Vertigo, now I’ve come up with another reason to stay inside. At least until spring has completely sprung. I don’t know what exactly it is, but there’s some flower/blossom/damnedweed that starts shedding pollen at this time of year in this corner of the woods (roughly North by Northwest), and it gets me every year.
In the gym, I would have to face the perils of sweaty mats, unwashed bicycles or treadmills, and shower areas that remind me of the Bates Motel. (Athlete’s Foot isn't quite creepy as Norman Bates, but they're both nasty.) But at least in the gym, unlike poor Janet Leigh, I would know what to expect (and thus hopefully prepare for).
In the great outdoors, it’s different. There are websites that show different potential allergens in the area and the different times they appear. The trouble is that there is more than one culprit, so all I have is a lot of Suspicion.
Some ways to tackle this issue:
- Strengthen the immune system, so it’s less likely to go Psycho on me. Only trouble is, the natural approach takes time.
- Try homeopathic treatments. I don’t have any opinion (either for or against) the effectiveness of homeopathy. I just like the idea of using a minute quantity of an unhealthy substance to cure the body. The “it takes a thief to catch a thief” approach has a sneaky appeal to it. But again, if I don’t know what’s causing the allergic reaction, homeopathy doesn’t sound like it would help.
- Take drugs, trying to suppress the symptoms. Allergies are a self-induced Sabotage on the body. Taking drugs would be a way to combat the problem -- if I could find an allergy medicine that both a)worked and b)didn’t knock me out.
I suppose I could just stay at home and look out the Rear Window. That should be safe -- at least, so long as I behaved myself. Have you ever seen a movie where something bad happened to a person on an exercise bike?
Plus, it would be one way to make sure I don’t end up looking like Alfred Hitchcock.