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Food Network at The Gym: Distracting or Motivating?


Oftentimes I'll end up watching Martha Stewart when I'm at the gym, it's not that I love the show, but it's always on when I am there and I like her tips. While watching her make some ridiculously decadent baked goods, I sometimes wonder if those who are working out behind me are wondering why the heck I am watching a show about food while at the gym.

For me, it's all about the cooking tips, but after reading an interesting article on how food TV is eye candy for fitness fiends, I could see how it would make someone else angry. Some say it's motivating since those 20 minutes at the gym may mean you can actually eat that piece of cake at home. Others think that food is the last thing they want to see when they're at the gym -- Why do you think I'm here in the first place often controls those of us that feel this way. So the debate is out and I am curious: What do you think about people watching food TV while at the gym...


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baybridget baybridget 10 years
Torturous!
Antsa Antsa 10 years
Doesn't bother me. If I'm at the gym it's a good way to pass the time if I didn't bring my ipod.
CillaB8 CillaB8 10 years
I could care less as long as they aren't talking on their cell phone about it.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
I get mad if there is even a commercial about food at the gym! Cant they find some way of blocking those??? LOL!
Julie2812 Julie2812 10 years
Not at the gym..makes me wanna eat!
olliecat olliecat 10 years
I love the food network, and it's often on at the gym. I don't know why though they don't have the TV on more sports channels!!
divinedebris divinedebris 10 years
It's funny that you say something, the new gym that I'm at has Food Network on their tvs every day. It doesn't bother me because I usually have my Ipod on and a book or a magazine to browse through so I don't spend much time looking at the tv.
leppy leppy 10 years
Food network at the gym doesn't affect me one way or the other. I would love it though if there was a tv showing a marathon of Biggest Loser on at all times though!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
Neither. I've sort of desensitized myself to food in photos....
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
No TV for me while working out. No magazines, either. Only an iPod. Everything else takes me out of the fitness mindset.
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 10 years
At my gym most of the machines have their own TVs ("cardio theatre" as they are called)...except for the kind of machine I use...so I am forced to watch the communal televisions on the wall, which are ALWAYS set to ESPN and ESPN2...ugh! I don't care or judge people if they are watching cooking shows while working out, I just wouldn't do it myself.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I don't like watching things about food while I work out.
ktacce ktacce 10 years
in the ladies locker room gym there is always a cooking show on, and i think it is SO WEIRD! i just don't get it! (the only food show I watch is top chef, though, if that makes any difference)
discocactus discocactus 10 years
I always laugh when I see people watching FoodTV at the gym. It seems like they're tormenting themselves, especially when the show is about fattening food.
NdHebert NdHebert 10 years
I watch food network while working out. It motivates me NOT to eat those fatty foods (and end up like Paula Deen!)
kaelye kaelye 10 years
I am addicted to the food network. I always get great ideas.
livetolove livetolove 10 years
oh man, I was just thinking how ironic this was the other day.. I always watch the food network when I'm weight training--or well I have it on in the background. I don't know if it's all that "motivating" for me, really it's just entertaining and something I like to watch.
miss-ellie miss-ellie 10 years
i don't really mind either way. i usually have my iPod up, but i love to cook so sometimes it's relaxing to look up and see Paula Deen or Giada whipping something up instead of ESPN, haha.
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
for me it's enither... i love the channel so i watch it i am not like if i burn 100 more calories i can eat that. and i am not like ohhh i wish i was eating that right now. It jsut passes the time- but i do wonder what others think.
cuttygary cuttygary 10 years
i love the food network when im on the tremill !
krEnElk krEnElk 10 years
99% of the time i'm watching food network at the gym, i have definitely gotten some dirty looks, and even a snide comment or two about my choice of programming, but i don't care! i love paula deen and giada and all the rest!
sparklestar sparklestar 10 years
I get totally distracted when the Dominos Pizza adverts come on between shows. They (thankfully) do not show the food network at my gym. =) The irony is that I would never actually /eat/ a pizza but for a few seconds my legs will slow down and I have to kick myself back into gear. ;)
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
Some of the shows cook very healthy, and it motivates me to want to cook and eat healthier
misswaikiki misswaikiki 10 years
whenever I see delicous food I wanna eat it...
ley ley 10 years
I watch food network alot, especially when its something fatty and yummy. I call it "food porn" you want it but can't have it. haha... I never really give into it though. But it helps keep me sane. I dont know about watching it at the gym.. I'd rather listen to music than watch TV
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