The red dot at the gym
Most machines have them. Some kind of “kill” switch. The most important machine with a kill switch is a treadmill. There are more than 101 ways to get it wrong and it seems like folks keep coming up with new ways all the time.
The new machines have all kinds of gadgets on them. They can tell you how many calories are used, different difficulties of exercise, plug-ins for ear buds, and even a place to put stuff. This is where the red dot comes in. Because with great abdominal muscles comes the learning curve.
The red dot is there to help you. The kill switch. Hopefully you will not have to use it. Today, I got to use it. Oh, not for me. For the “pro” next to me. Jazzy workout clothes, ear buds, expensive cell, nice car keys, and the lack of safety knowledge. Today the learning curve was very…short.
Pro’s ear buds connected to the cell but were not long enough. Pro’s work out was a good run on the treadmill. Well, until the song needed changed up. A series of events then followed. The ear buds were too short, and running at the current speed, yanked the connecting cell out of the holder and into the air. The cell flipped loose from the ear buds with several attempts at catching the flying expensive cell in motion. Upon where the very concern runner decided the cell was too expensive to hit the ground, turned on the treadmill, and moved toward the cell. Now the nice little “kill” switch toggle was attached to the pretty red button. Upon turning sideways on the treadmill in motion, a slight correction of gravity to balance ratio, and the “pro” moved off the machine onto the floor.
During this ballet of pivoting movement, I slapped the red dot closes to me, and the machine movement died. The “pro” was very embarrassed and without injury. The cell had landed unbroken and the ear buds had not tangled up in the treadmill. A few moments later, an amused friend of the pro came over to collect pro’s belongs from the treadmill. The red dot learning curve was ten minutes.
Things to ask at the gym:
1. What safety or precautions do I need to know?
2. Where is the safety switch and how do I use it?
3. What happens when a safety switch is pulled?
4. Where is the AED machine and any other safety equipment I may need?
Be safe, have fun, and enjoy getting in shape.
Author: Lisa Goins PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, RMT is the CEO of Couture Health Care, www.couturehealthcare.org Dr. Goins' Couture Health Care articles covers health, spiritual, holistic news, reviews for nurses and the public. Dr. Goins new book is called "Do You Know Lisa? 2014 Collection of Health Questions, Answers, and Tips" available on Amazon.com
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