Photo by: Cédric Allier
Reading this article on BBC this morning, I am more than a little amuse and concern what people are doing to get in the spirit of the Olympics. I have heard of keeping up with the Jones, but this is certainly unexpected. Apparently a lot of people are not only just watching the event, but many want to participate at home as well. So they are setting up their TVs in front of their rowing machines, treadmills, or exercise bikes to “follow” the Olympics as they row, run, or bike. Sounds good so far, right? We should be cheering this group of exercise fanatics.
In the process of setting up their machines to workout at the same speed as the Olympians, these people are breaking the machines (clearly home exercise equipment are not Olympics quality)… or themselves? We have seen those commercials of people thrown off their treadmills when they cannot keep up. Can you imagine how embarrassing it would look (and how much it would hurt) to show up in the emergency room with a bloody face and have to explain that you were thrown off your treadmill because you wanted to keep up with Shannon Rowbury?
But it is not just the chance for injury that concerns me. It is the unrealistic expectation. Most Olympians train full time. It is their job, just like movie stars work full time to project this image of glamour and beauty. These people have genetic makeup that makes them the top of their chosen profession. If we have such blessed genes ourselves, we would probably be the Olympian or movie star that we are trying to emulate. How realistic is it for your average gym goer to be able to keep up with them?
Until next time and thanks for stopping by.
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