One of the things that I enjoy about the gym is the number of people who say hi, hey, hello, how ya doing and the like. Michael, my work out bud, will comment once in a while that I must know everyone in the gym.
Nope. I don’t. But I do go out of my way to make positive comments when I see someone doing something well, or doing something challenging - or just showing up consistently.
Hey, we all like to be recognized. If you don’t have a work-out bud to help keep you motivated it really can be tough getting there every day. But, if people acknowledge you, smile, make kind remarks - it is amazing how much faster a work out seems to go, and how good you feel about being there.
So, why do so many people say hi to me? Because I say it first. Usually. OK, sometimes someone will see me doing something really off the wall and introduce themselves so they can learn more about what I am doing. But, most of the time it is up to me. And that is fine.
I remember when I lived in New York City. Everyone complained about how cold people were - wouldn’t talk to you, or help you. And I can remember smiling at people, and getting a smile back. And stopping people to ask directions, and having them walk me 3 or 4 blocks so I would be sure to find what I was looking for. But, I had to make the first move.
Gyms are like that. People are there for a reason, some really want to focus on their goal - and may not want to have any social contact. But, all too many really would like to be recognized, maybe get a little encouragement.
There are also folk there who are fighting a debilitating condition, or perhaps recovering from a stroke or the like. Or who are really a bit overweight. I think it is by far the most important thing I can do at the gym - to recognize them for the effort they are making. It doesn’t take but a second - and in a week or two, their smiles when they see you will truly make the gym a warmer and wonderfully friendly place.
Smile at people, say hi, looking good, you’re looking like a pro, heck, say, just say something nice - in no time you will find that you are repaid many times over with warmth and kindness.
And you will have one reason to really like working out. In the next couple of posts I will talk about some of the other reasons I enjoy working out!