This is just a quick post about making a public spectacle of yourself. Being an ass where people can see you? It's a highly underrated weapon for anyone looking to stay fit and sane for the long haul.
Plus, if you hang in there, it's also a totally gratuitous excuse for a picture of attractive butt-naked men! There are more than enough gratuitous pictures of naked women on the net, so I feel it is my civic duty to try to even up the ratio a bit.
Anyway, I'm traveling again, on the way from San Diego where we live for half the year, to Provincetown Massachusetts, via Frisco, Texas, where my wife now works. And yes, we have weird lives.
But as many of you are aware, travelling generally involves lots of sitting around. A notorious place for enforced sitting for hours and even days at at time?
image: James Vaughan
Want to know a quick way to feel like you are walking around naked as the day you were born, even while fully clothed?
Yep, try exercising in an airport.
Well, walking around dragging heavy luggage is pretty indiscreet, you can get away with that. I do a lot of that when I have to wait around without feeling self-conscious. And climbing steps two at time over and over? Well, it's a little odd, but not that big a deal.
However, yesterday I was tired of walking around and I had too much luggage for steps, so I figured what the hell. There was plenty of space available, and I found an area out of the way (but not out of view, alas). I started with some stretching but then it escalated--I did some pushups, very gentle squats and lunges (not wanting to piss off my knee) and some swoopy-stretchy-swirly moves of my own invention.
I coped with self-consciousness by facing the wall, thus rendering myself invisible.
But I still did feel a little dumb and worried about what people would think. Not so much that they'll think I'm crazy, but that I'm enjoying doing this weird shit in public and am trying to show off by being all exercisey when other people are sitting.
No one likes a show off.
photo: James Stark
But I kinda had to do it. It was just starting to feel too confining to not move my body, when it really needed to move, based on the norm in our society that we don't spontaneously move around in airports.
What would be nice is if occasionally I saw other people stretching, squatting, knocking off a few pushups or jumping jacks, whatever, especially in places where extended sitting or waiting has got to be messing with other people's bodies too. But I pretty much never do so if I wanna do it, I'm going to have to just feel ok with being a freak.
So, anyone else with me here? What if more and more people made moving around a semi-normal thing to do when waiting for planes or trains or whatever, and not the crazy-ass exception?
Photo: Boston Public Library
So would you guys consider stretching or exercising in airports or other public areas, or do you prefer just to hang out?