Hello - concerned about toxic gyms

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Hello - concerned about toxic gyms

#1 Postby VeganRawandLovingIt » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:13 pm

Hi there, I am from Bedfordshire in the UK and been training in gyms and running for over 26 years.
I was attracted to this forum by a posting about gym environments being toxic. I was so pleased to come across someone who has the same concerns as mine, that I felt it worth joining.

Looking forward to getting to know you all.

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Hello - concerned about toxic gyms

#2 Postby VeganDougie » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:58 pm

Hi there, you are not far from me I am in Kettering Northamptonshire. I was also born in Bedford and lived in kempston for my early years. Good to meet you and look forward to your posts :)

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Re: Hello - concerned about toxic gyms

#3 Postby VeganRawandLovingIt » Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:15 am

Hi there Dougie,
Nice to meet you, and know that you are not far from me in Kettering. :)

I just had a quick look at your website and found it interesting.

If you would like to find out a bit more about me, you can see my website here:

www.consciencecommunications.co.uk

I specialise in health PR, environmental PR and public affairs. I also do freelance writing on these subjects.

Looking forward to chatting more later.

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Re: Hello - concerned about toxic gyms

#4 Postby beforewisdom » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:23 am

How can gyms be toxic?

"The plural of anecdote is not data." (Roger Brinner)

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Re: Hello - concerned about toxic gyms

#5 Postby VeganRawandLovingIt » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:17 am

Hi there BeforeWisom,

There are numerous ways that gyms can be toxic. In this posting I wrote last night, I refer to just a few. There's a whole thread on this entire subject which goes into more detail about the toxic components of materials used in the construction of gym interiors and some equipment. More later.....

VeganRawandLovingIt wrote:Hi Nik,
I was so pleased to read your posting about the toxicity of gym environments, and know that I am not alone in feeling like this. I recently moved house and joined a gym that has just refurbished itself and has a swimming pool. As soon as you get in the gym's car park your senses are assaulted by high levels of chlorine in the air, and when you enter the building it gets much worse as you are instantly inhaling a toxic cocktail of synthetic noxious fumes from the new fittings - floor and equipment aswell. Although there is air conditioning and fans to circulate the air, the quality of the air itself feels really bad... loaded with chemicals. And, as the whole point of going to a gym is to improve my health and fitness, I feel deeply uncomfortable with the fact that being there, and inhaling this air deeply, is counterproductive to all my efforts to cleanse and detox my body on a predominantly living foods diet. I *know* these chemicals are carcinogenic. So why do gyms do it??

I am also starting to wonder whether some people are simply becoming more sensitive to their environments in general, and that this is part of a broader picture - especially among vegans, that takes in the other senses aswell. For example, I am finding that I am having to leave the gym earlier than previously because I just can't bear the music they are playing on the sound system. I even walked out of a spinning class because the music actually became painful to my ears aswell as offensive.

I am hoping to increase my outdoor training, maybe join a local running club, although I am missing the fantastic weights classes my previous gym ran.

:idea: Maybe we should start a campaign for cleaner (ie non-toxic) gyms?

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Re: Hello - concerned about toxic gyms

#6 Postby C.O. » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:37 pm

Wow seems to be a popular topic! Interesting link/website. I want to learn more about this. I am the type that really feels like we need to choose our battles. We can't go hide away on a mountain top free from toxins. On the other hand some of these points are valid. Its a give and take. Its similar to the organic decision. I would love to buy all organic produce but its a lot more expensive. So I buy the ones that are the most susceptible to toxins. I buy non-organic bananas and oranges and avocados, things with out peel protection.
I do miss my old gym that used a non chlorine swimming pool a lot though.

-Dylan

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Re: Hello - concerned about toxic gyms

#7 Postby robert » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:05 pm

Welcome to the community!

Hope you're enjoying it.

All the best and welcome aboard!

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