Driving back from B&Q the other day, I passed a newly opened gym advertising for new members. One of the walls was glass fronted but I couldn't decide whether this was so that passers-by could ogle, or to allow those inside to look out on the beautiful vista of a busy roundabout, second hand furniture shop and garage.
It was a lovely sunny day (just before the school holidays started and everything went grey), perfect for a nice walk or maybe getting out on your bike along any of the nearby canal towpaths or heading to the countryside, yet inside were a couple of dozen brightly clad people busily walking on treadmills (wearing earphones), using a stair climbing machine similar to those installed in 19th century workhouses, or cycling on stationary bikes whilst watching the television (seriously!)
What attracts people to these overheated places? Ok you can lift weights, but then you can buy a couple of dumbbells for about 50p nowadays and if you want to get fit, why not just go out for a run? Is it the social aspect? If you know the answer then please enlighten me, otherwise it will just get added to the list of things I don't understand.