Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the days of sunscreen, sand and swimsuits are just around the corner.  Yes, it’s crunch time. 

Don’t panic. You’ve got this. Dust off those must-have sneakers (where could they be?), and lululemon yoga pants (are they supposed to be this tight?) and stake your claim on the elliptical.

But first, do us all a favor and review these simple tips so you’re not the Gym Jerk we all know and avoid.

Man in the gym

NO PHONES. You aren’t in your car, after all. Skip the selfies, yakking to your bestie, and texting on the treadmill.  (Multi-tasking on workout equipment can result in epic wipeouts. You’ve been warned.)

NO PICK-UP LINES. No doubt your irresistible charm slays them at the hottest night clubs. However, health clubs are for working out, not making out. Save the killer lines for the next Match.com meet up.

NO INTRUSION. Don’t chit chat with the gal wearing earbuds.  In the gym (and on a plane, by the way), headphones serve as both audio equipment and a clear “Do Not Disturb” sign.  Accept it and move on.

Gym: Woman Annoyed

NO CROWDING. If the gym is not crowded and multiple working exercise machines are available, why oh why do Gym Jerks jump on the one right next to you? Give people their space.

NO GERMS. Sweat is good. Germs are bad. Clean your machine. The End.

NO MESS. Your mother doesn’t work here. When you are done with hand weights, a medicine ball, a band, or any other apparatus you might employ - put it back where you found it. 

NO HOGGING. In kindergarten, we learned how to share and take turns.  Put these marvelous traits to use when the machines are packed.

NO GLARING. While waiting on a machine, surely there is something you can do besides serve up a platter of stink-eye to the early birds…Jumping Jacks? Squats? Transcendental Meditation?

rude gym

NO SAVING SEATS. Nobody liked it in middle school, and nobody likes it now. Holding a machine for your friend who’s stuck in carpool is not cool.  

NO GRATUITOUS FLASHING. Clearly you’re comfortable with your body. Good for you. But stretching, lounging, gabbing while au naturel can make others uncomfortable. The locker room is not your boudoir, show some consideration.

NO GROOMING. The locker room is a public, shared space.  Personal grooming (ie plucking, shaving or clipping anything) should be done in private. Enough said.

NO GRUNTING. Yes - Serena Williams, a world class athlete, does audibly grunt while competing at Wimbledon and the French Open. News flash: you aren’t her. Suffer in silence like the rest of us.

Paying attention to these common blunders will ensure that you get the most out your gym membership…without becoming the dreaded Gym Jerk!

Dollarphotoclub_25358763Summertime is a prime season for traveling and enjoying the outdoors. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your vacation and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

  1. Pets: We love being able to take our pets to the beach or on the trail. Bring plenty of plastic bags to clean up after your pet. If the area is busy, keep your furry friends on a leash. Not everyone is comfortable around animals, so, when in public, keeping them on a leash is the right thing to do..
  2. ?????????????????????????????Move to the Side: On a hike you may pause to take a photo of the scenery or stop to take in the breathtaking views. When stopping on a trail, move to the side to allow others to pass. Share the space and allow bikers, walkers and joggers the same courtesy.
  3. Watch your Doors: Be careful opening your doors when parked at the beach or on the side of the road. With warmer weather, people are outside, walking and cycling. Check your mirrors before opening the door to avoid dangerous collisions with cars, people or bikes.
  4. Dollarphotoclub_52637911Mind your Speed: If you are out for a bike ride or run, be aware of your space and others.  Announce yourself when passing - "On your left!". Do not pass on the right unless absolutely necessary. If you are cycling, reduce your speed in heavily populated areas. Always pay attention to your surroundings. If the area doesn't look safe, listen  to your gut and always follow your instincts.
  5. Park Rules: If you are in a public space and there is a sign with rules, follow it. Whether it says, "slow on the right, pass on the left" or "no glass bottles," the rules are in place to make it a safer place for everyone.
  6. ??????No Littering: When you finish your water bottle on a hike, hold onto it until you find a trashcan or recycling bin. Pick up after yourself to keep the environment clean.
  7. Obey Traffic Laws: Utilize all pedestrian crossings. You are responsible for the safety of others just as they are responsible for yours. Don't walk out in front of cars assuming the car will stop. Use turn signals and be careful of vehicles - its driver could be texting, talking on a cell phone or otherwise distracted.
  8. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????Plan for Dusk and Dawn: If you take daily runs in the early morning or late evening, wear reflective clothing and use reflectors to be visible to drivers. This is especially important when fog or rain limits visibility. It is your responsibility to watch out for cars. Drivers can be unpredictable, so we, as pedestrians, must be cautious. As a female, it is never a good idea to  walk or run after dark alone. Bring a buddy!

Keep these helpful hints in mind when exercising and enjoy the outdoors!

Running and Biking on Trail

As we begin the transition into fall, the inviting weather draws everyone outside. With the large amount of people on trails, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to respect others around you while working out. Here are a few reminders on how to maintain courtesy to others when hitting the trail.

Greeting Others- It is inevitable that you will pass people on trails and while exercising. When seeing others, it is polite to extend a brief “hello” and send a smile. This shows that you acknowledged their passing and serves as a friendly gesture. Mot people working out are strictly there for the purpose of exercising and not to make long conversation.

Make Others Aware- If you are biking or running always make sure you announce yourself to the people in front of you to ensure that they move aside and avoid running into you.

Do Your “Doo-ty”- There’s nothing more enjoyable than bringing man’s best friend along for a walk, however a walk can quickly be ruined by an unsettling smell from our furry friends. Make sure you always bring little baggies with you and pick up after your pet.

Walking

The “Right” Rule - The same rule of driving on the right side of the road applies when you are walking or running on trails. If you are walking in a largely populated area always make sure to stay towards the right to allow runners or bikers to pass you more easily.

Yielding- If you are going to take a long pause on a walking path, make sure to move yourself to the side to yield for others. We all know how annoying and unbecoming it is to have to dodge people talking in the middle of a walkway.

Avoid Littering- Trashcans can be few and far between however it is important to always throw away your trash. Even if you see others trash on the ground be a team player for the environment and your community and pick it up and throw it away.

Group Walking- Walking in a group tends to take up more space on a path. If you are a member of a group and you see people approaching to pass you, walk single file or double up depending on the size of the path. Always share the walkway to allow people to move by with ease.

Prepare for Dusk/ Dawn- Sometimes taking a run in the early morning or late at night is more convenient for a person. If you are going to work out at dusk or dawn always wear reflective clothing or reflectors.  Not only does this keep you safe it also keeps other people safe. Drivers depend on reflective gear to be aware of pedestrians, always make sure you are prepared to ensure safety for everyone.

We all want people to be encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle and enjoy working out. Keep these tips in mind next time you are exercising outdoors to ensure that everyone has a pleasant experience.