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I am currently sitting at home sick and find I have a lot of time on my hands. Being sick has meant that I’ve forced myself to skip the gym this entire week and it just so happens that last week was so crazy at work that I had to miss the gym most days. I’m guessing that my being sick is likely linked to my stressful and long work week, but that’s just how she goes. With not going to the gym, I find a lot more time on my hands. If I finish work at 5 or 6, I’m really just kinda free to do anything at that point. I don’t have to head home, change, hit the gym, shower and only then be ready to do other things, or just laze around my place. I have gained hours of freedom. Albeit, being sick, I’m not doing anything with them.

I know that I don’t have to go to the gym and it’s always a choice, but to be honest, I don’t feel that way. It is part of who I am. I’ve been going to the gym for 12 plus years. I can’t just stop. I guess I enjoy doing it? I don’t exactly like the repetitive action of lifting and pulling, touching others sweat, or smelling stinky people who need to do laundry or put on deodorant. I get frustrated while there all the time, waiting for machines, having creepo’s talk to you, having your weights taken, etc. But, once that workout is done you just feel good. You might just be glad to have it over with. It might hurt so bad that it feels good. Sometimes it makes you feel better, whether that’s the release of endorphins or just the sweating out of the booze. Some days you really feel like you made gains and improved in some sense. I guess the overall pull is the results you see with your body. And, on top of that, it should benefit your health.

If I didn’t go to the gym though, then I would have ten, or more hours a week to do other things. That is a lot of time. I guess the biggest question is what would I do with those hours? What do people do from 5-8pm during the week? I know I would have more time to visit with friends and maybe I could get some new hobbies. I just don’t know what these hobbies would be? I’ve said before I’m not huge on team sports. Generally I guess the gym is a hobby or “sport” of mine. If I didn’t go to the gym, I would expect myself to spend more time on the couch, or in front of the computer. I do enough of that as it is.

I want to get better, partially so I can get back to the gym. Some might think that is vanity, but I just think of it as part of my routine.

What do you think?

Is going to the gym pointless? Is it just an act of vanity? Are there better things you could be doing with your time?