The Gym Paradox

I have always prided myself on being in reasonable shape.  Not super fit; not overly muscular.  More… what’s the word?  Trim.

However, in recent years, I have noticed a gradual change.  It is not so much that I am gaining any extra pounds, more that my body is experiencing the human equivalent of what in geology might be called a slump.

Slump: a form of mass wasting that occurs when a coherent mass of loosely consolidated materials moves a short distance down a slope.

In my case, mass that I am sure once used to be located closer to my upper torso appears to have moved a short distance down to my lower torso.

It is not something that is irreversible.  In fact, a few quick sessions in the gym and I am convinced that I would see a reversal of the process.  However… once you feel less than 100% fit the last place you want to be seen is in a gym surrounded by all the body beautifuls.

This is the gym paradox.

Maybe what I need is some means to be able to exercise at home?  An exercise bike, perhaps?

400 bicycle crunch

Something where it is possible to keep fit whilst watching Peep Show and having a can of beer at the same time.

© Simon Turner-Tree


Simon Turner-Tree scarcely knows his burpee from his squat thrust.


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