I don’t work at one of those offices that have a gym inside them for employees to use and I’ve always been kind of happy about that fact.
I like working out in private (or as private as a regular gym can be). I don’t like people seeing me sweat while I’m running or chug water while I’m cycling — especially if they are the same people I work with on a daily basis. I like to keep up some level of professionalism around them, and somehow being seen all sweaty doesn’t scream professional.
I was mortified the other day at the gym when someone recognized me after I spent an hour in spin class. I wished I had magical powers to mind erase and make her think she saw me dressed in my work clothes, not my sweat-laden Under Armour.
I would have a problem though if our office had a gym. I don’t think I could convince myself to pay the money to belong to a gym when I could use one for free.
And then I might be facing some of the same issues these people faced: Co-workers who hog the equipment, co-workers who wear really unflattering spandex outfits, co-workers who parade around the locker room in barely-there towels.
But it’s more than just co-workers annoying you. Many people in the article felt like their performance on the treadmill was being judged as a reflection of their performance on the job.
I would be one of those people all paranoid trying to spy on Joe from accounting’s speed. I’d need to make sure mine was at least as fast as his because I don’t want my co-workers to think my speed on the treadmill is any reflection of my ability to do the job.
That’s a lot of stress to deal with all for a measly 30-minute workout. And isn’t the whole point of working out to help de-stress.
How do you navigate working out around your co-workers? Do you have horror stories or has it all been smooth sailing? Leave a comment and let me know.